It was the night every thing went right for the Celtics, as they cruised to their fifteenth win on the season over the now 15-6 Miami Heat. Both teams were in somewhat compromised positions. Miami was missing guard Goran Dragic, and head coach Erik Spolstra was absent to witness the birth of his second child. The Celtics slotted rookie Grant Williams in place of Marcus Smart who was out with an undisclosed illness, and Hayward with his fractured hand.
Miami concludes their 2nd night of a back to back, the first team this season to march into Toronto and defeat the Raptors. Miami shot a similar percentage to Boston’s, just below 44%, but it was their inability to reach the free throw line which doomed them. Their 17 attempts were dwarfed by Boston’s 32. The rebounding and assist battles were pretty much an even draw. The one category the Heat shot themselves in the foot was in turnovers, committing 18 over the course of four quarters to Boston’s 9.
Jimmy Butler’s one man Show couldn’t even keep things interesting late. His 37 points were aided by Miami’s abysmal 93 to Boston 112.
The stars in the hardwood were Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. Brown and Kemba combined for 59 points on only 37 attempts. Tatum had some hops accumulating 3 blocks, his teammate Daniel Theis did the same.
The Celtics are now 15-5, their next game is on the sixth against the 13-5 Denver Nuggets. Miami drops to 15-6 and will play Washington on the sixth as well.