By John Felix Richardson
Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics
Miami, Florida – The Miami Heat was once again beaten by the Boston Celtics 112-107 in this season’s rematch of the top 2 teams in the eastern conference. This time it was in Miami but the result was the same.
It was the 2nd straight setback of the Heat to the Celtics as Miami lost their first match-up 88-80 in the NBA’s season opener last October 27th.
This time, it was Ray Allen who was the biggest factor for the Celtics as he scored 35 points on 7-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Allen actually sank 7 straight 3-pointers before missing his last 2 attempts. Paul Pierce added 25 points, Keving Garnett had 16 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 16 assists for the defending eastern conference champions.
For Miami, it was only LeBron James who had a good performance finishing with a near triple-double. James had 35 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists as he nearly had his 2nd straight triple-double game of the season. Dwyane Wade had a miserable shooting night as he went 2-12 from the field and finished the game with only 8 points. Cris Bosh, the other member of Miami’s ‘Big Three’ added 15 points for the Heat, but was overall a non-factor in a losing cause.
Right at the start of the game, the Celtics raced out to an early lead 14-5 in the 1st quarter and kept the Heat at bay the rest of the game with Ray Allen leading the offensive charge. There were moments in the 4th quarter wherein the Heat looked poised for a comeback and cut the lead down to 7 points with about 4 minutes left in the game but the Celtics always had an answer as they never gave up the lead the entire game.
It was very clear during the game that Boston had better movement, teamwork and coordination having played together for several years while Miami still needs to jell and has yet to find its rythm.
The Boston Celtics improved their record to 7-2 and the Miami Heat dropped to 5-4 as they lost 4 of their last 5 games.