The Boston Celtics took quality shots, finishing 39-77 (50.6%) from the field, including 13-28 (46.4%) from beyond the arc, in a close 101-96 win over the Miami Heat. This is only the third win for Boston (23-46) in its last 10 games.
Avery Bradley scored 23 points on 8-13 shooting, including 6-9 on 3-point attempts, in a quality performance offensively. Kelly Olynyk also chipped in for Boston, finishing with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Dwyane Wade put up 17 points for Miami on 7-17 shooting.
Along with their eFG% of 59.1%, the Celtics connected at a rate of 46.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (6-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Heat are 4-7 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Miami (46-20) to 1-2 against Boston on the year.
Coming up next, the Celtics battle the Brooklyn Nets, who are 35-31 on the year. The Heat match up with the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 39-27 this season. The Celtics came up empty in two of their last three games against Brooklyn.