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Boston 109, Miami 101
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Officials: #7 Lauren Holtkamp, #60 James Williams, #15 Zach Zarba
Attendance: 19704

Boston's Gordon Hayward tallied a game-high 29 points to lead the visiting Celtics to a 109-101 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Leading 80-76 after three quarters, the Celtics quickly doubled their lead by working the offensive boards and getting multiple scoring chances. They built an 11-point advantage on Marcus Smart's 3-pointer with 7:39 to play and had an answer every time Miami got within single digits.

Boston shot 47 percent from the field and was 13 of 36 from behind the 3-point arc.

Jaylen Brown notched 25 points, Kemba Walker had 16, Smart scored 11 and Daniel Theis recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Jayson Tatum (groin), averaging 21.5 points per game, missed his third consecutive contest, but the club won for the fourth time in five games.

Goran Dragic led Miami with 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 20, and Bam Adebayo contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who are 5-5 in their past 10 games and played their third game in five days.

Miami shot just 9 of 37 (24.3 percent) from behind the 3-point arc and lost for only the third time in 24 home games. The Heat also had their 14-game home winning streak against Eastern Conference teams come to an end.

The Celtics used hot long-range shooting to lead from the outset against Miami's zone defense, and Boston's man-to-man approach at the other end of the court kept the Heat cold.

Boston raced to an 8-0 advantage behind treys by Smart and Brown, and the Celtics connected on 6 of 11 3-point tries in the first quarter. Hayward and Brown each totaled 11 points to lead the way as the Celtics shot 63.6 percent from the field and held a 36-28 edge after one.

The Heat battled back and grabbed their first lead, 41-40, on Derrick Jones Jr.'s layup with 7:46 left in the half. The Celtics struggled through a 1-for-9 shooting stretch in the second quarter, but the visitors went on a 13-7 run to end the half to put them up 53-48.

Miami missed 11 consecutive 3-point attempts over the second and third quarters, and Hayward and Brown continued their sizzling shooting by combining for 17 points in the third. Brad Wanamaker's 3-pointer in the closing seconds lifted Boston to an 80-76 lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Boston   Miami
Gordon Hayward 29 Scoring Goran Dragic 23
Kemba Walker 8 Assists Goran Dragic 4
Daniel Theis 11 Rebounds Bam Adebayo 10
Gordon Hayward 8 Free Throws Made Jimmy Butler 10
Semi Ojeleye 1 Steals Jimmy Butler 3
Marcus Smart 3 Blocks Bam Adebayo 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 109 47.0 13-36 18-24 24 48 8 5 14
Miami 101 37.1 9-37 26-31 15 45 2 11 11
Upcoming Games
  • Miami will play their next game on the road against Orlando. The Heat have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .933 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Celtics have a W/L % of .710 after a win and .600 after a loss.