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Heat Vs. Celtics: Miami Drops Fourth Game At Home, Losing By 8 To Boston

For the second time this month, the Boston Celtics jumped on the Miami Heat, handing LeBron and company their second home loss in the last three games.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Recap: Miami Drops Fourth Game At Home, Losing 115-107 To Boston

The Miami Heat lost at home for the second time in the past three games, and to Boston for the second time in 10 days on Tuesday with a 115-107 defeat at American Airlines Arena. The Celts jumped on Miami early, scoring 33 points in the first quarter and never looking back. Boston shot an astounding 64 percent from three-point range and better than 60 percent from the floor to knock off the Heat.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James went toe-to-toe with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but the older generation got the better on Tuesday as the Celtics continued streaking towards the postseason. Pierce scored 27 points while Garnett was on fire and scored 24 points, missing only three shots all night. James had yet another hugely productive game, scoring a game-high 36 points, dishing 7 assists, and grabbing 7 boards. Wade added 20 points on 9 of 21 shooting.

But Miami could not get the stops down the stretch to even it up, as Boston held on for the eight-point win. It won't get much easier as they now head out on the road to face fellow Eastern Conference heavyweight Chicago on Thursday night.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score Update: Boston Surges To 8-Point Halftime Lead

The Miami Heat have lost only three games home this season, but they're looking to avoid their second loss in the past three games at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics. The Celts really controlled the Heat last week in Boston, and they jumped out to 65-57 halftime lead in South Florida. Boston hit a ridiculous 70 percent from behind the arc in the first half, while shooting 62 percent from the field overall to score nearly 70 points in 24 minutes. Paul Pierce led Boston with 16 points while Kevin Garnett added 12 on the interior.

Miami's been no slouch on the offensive end themselves, shooting 60 percent from three and better than 50 percent from the floor. As usual, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James dominated for Miami. Wade hit seven of 11 attempts from the floor for 16 points while James scored a game-high 18 points in the first half. Shane Battier and James Jones chipped in off the bench, with each win hitting a pair of triples to force Boston to defend at the arc. But the highlight was made by both James and Wade, who hooked up with yet another fantastic alley-oop. This time, it was give-and-go variety with James hitting Wade on the wing and then Wade putting up and instant touch lob that 23 emphatically slammed home. Video below:

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Heat Vs. Celtics: Miami Hosts A Surging Boston Team

The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday. Can they get April 1's loss in Boston out of their heads and win at home?

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