NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 23 27 18 31 99
Boston 33 17 37 20 107
3:00 PM PT4:00 PM MT5:00 PM CT6:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0018:00 ET5:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 21, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 18,624

Irving sizzles as Celtics host Heat

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Heat at Boston Celtics

  1. The Heat moved back to .500 with a 117-103 win in Chicago on Saturday, thanks in large part to shooting a season-high 57.0 percent from the field. Miami has shot 50.0 percent or better on field goals in seven of its last 13 games after doing so once in its first 31 games this season.
  2. Miami's bench accounted for over half of its scoring in the win, totaling 64 points. This month, the Heat have had their bench score 47.5 percent of their points, the highest percentage for any team in the NBA.
  3. Josh Richardson started and scored 26 points, his most in a game since a 27-point performance against the same Bulls team on November 23. Richardson leads the Heat with 17.9 points per game -- only Jordan Clarkson of the Cavaliers has a lower average among team leaders this season.
  4. The Celtics won their third straight game with a 113-105 victory in Atlanta on Saturday. Boston trailed by eight points entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Hawks by 16 to finish the game. For the season, the Celtics lead the NBA in average fourth-quarter point differential at +2.4 points per game.
  5. Kyrie Irving has posted at least 25 points and five assists in four consecutive games. The last Celtic to do that was Ricky Davis in November 2005, while the last Celtic to have a five-game streak was Antoine Walker in March 2000.
  6. The Celtics won eight consecutive games against the Heat beginning in 2015-16 but the Heat have won each of the last three. Miami hasn't won four straight in the series since winning four in row from April to December 2004.

When the Miami Heat visit Boston on Monday night, it will be a rematch of their Jan. 10 game that rankled Celtics star guard Kyrie Irving.

The Heat won that game in Miami, 115-99, and Irving -- who led all scorers with 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting -- was so disappointed that he put up shots on a practice court for 30 minutes immediately following the contest.

"I just wanted to release some stress after a tough loss," Irving said then.

The Celtics seem to be entering Monday's game in a better mental place, having won three games in a row, including a 113-105 victory over the host Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Boston actually trailed the Hawks for most of the game before putting together a 9-0 fourth-quarter run.

"We were gritty," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

The Celtics also had Irving, who scored a game-high 32 points. Irving leads the Celtics in scoring (23.4) and assists (6.8). And the 26-year-old former Duke star has been hot lately.

Irving is averaging 30.5 points over his past four games and 35.0 points in the past two contests.

Boston's other double-figure scorers on the season are Jayson Tatum (16.3), Marcus Morris (14.8), Jaylen Brown (12.2), Al Horford (12.1) and Gordon Hayward (11.0).

Hayward, whose wife is expecting their third child, was left behind in Boston, missing the Hawks game. Hayward is expected to face the Heat.

"With pending (bad) weather (in Boston), there was no reason (for Hayward) to make this trip," Stevens said.

Meanwhile, the Heat -- who beat the host Chicago Bulls 117-103 on Saturday -- has five active double-digit scorers: Josh Richardson (17.9), Dwyane Wade (14.0), Hassan Whiteside (12.5), Justise Winslow (12.3) and Tyler Johnson (11.2).

Of those five players, four of them are guards -- including reserves Wade and Johnson -- and that has created a roster glut.

There's also Dion Waiters, who last week complained about his lack of playing time before scoring a season-high 21 points off the bench Saturday.

Waiters, a starter last season, had offseason ankle surgery and didn't return to action until Jan. 2.

"Right now, that's my role," Waiters told the Sun-Sentinel when asked about playing as a reserve. "I just have to do whatever is asked of me -- just be ready, I guess."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team is 1-2 going on this four-game road trip, said he has a "deep" roster.

That is especially true in the backcourt, where Wayne Ellington -- perhaps their most accurate pure shooter -- has been a healthy scratch in 10 of the past 12 games.

In addition, 2018 All-Star point guard Goran Dragic, who is second on the team in scoring (15.3) and first in assists (4.9), is out due to knee surgery. He is due back later this season.

"The strength of our team is our depth," Spoelstra said.

"For guys working their way back into the rotation, like Dion, it's not easy. The minutes are not guaranteed. You have to leave an impression during games, and that's what (Waiters did against Chicago). He made his minutes memorable."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2019

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