Final: Celtics 107, Heat 99 — Starters take care of business

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The Celtics season turned around when they put together their current starting five and we saw why yet again in Monday’s 107-99 win over the Heat. Four Celtics scored in double figures to lead the way for Boston, none better than Kyrie Irving (26 points, 10 assists, season-high eight steals) who scored six straight points in the fourth quarter to end a Heat rally and re-assert control for the hosts. Al Horford chipped in with his fourth double-double of the season (16 points, 12 rebounds) while Jayson Tatum (19 points) and Marcus Morris (17 points) played terrific basketball on both ends to make up for a lackluster effort by Boston’s bench.

The victory gives Boston four straight victories overall and nine consecutive wins at the TD Garden, dating back to Dec. 21. The Celtics also pulled within one game of the No. 4 seed, pending the result of the Sixers-Rockets game on Monday night.  

First Half Notes