The Celtics' four-game winning streak came to an ugly halt on Thursday night in Miami. After coming out red-hot from the field (6-of-7) in the opening few minutes of the contest, Boston's No. 1 ranked offense reverted to old ugly habits that produced limited ball movement (20 assists) and ugly shooting percentages (40 percent from field). Miami found their rhythm from the perimeter against a lackluster effort from Boston on the defensive end as well, leading by as many as 26 points on their way to a 111-95 win.
Kyrie Irving had a game-high 22 points and Marcus Smart scored all 18 of his points in the second half, but the Heat were the more balanced scoring attack all night with nine players scoring eight points or more. Dwyane Wade had 18 points off the bench, including several key baskets to stop the C's second half run as Boston got no closer than eight points after pulling off a 21-3 second half run.
The Celtics will try to regroup over the next 48 hours while trying to get back on track against the Magic on Saturday night in Orlando.