The Los Angeles Lakers avenged a punishing defeat by the Boston Celtics on Jan. 30 at the Staples Center with a convincing victory tonight at the TD Garden, taking control of the second half to win 92-86.
Now on a seven-game winning streak and with all three stars healthy, the Heat are looking to maintain their lead with a road game against the Celtics on Sunday.
If they can avenge their season opener loss at Boston, they will be one and a half games ahead of the Celtics.
If the Celtics win, however, the Heat will fall back to a half game behind Boston.
With how Miami and Boston have been playing recently, however, it is likely the Heat will come out of the victory.
Who would you rather the Lakers face in the NBA Finals?
Given a one and a half game lead this late in the season, look for Miami to make a run for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs.
That will leave the brutal second-round series against the Bulls for the Celtics instead, likely to be decided by a Game 7.
Along with home-court advantage, expect the Heat to come out victorious.