Boston Celtics 107, Miami Heat 99
When: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, January 21, 2019
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Recap for Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
BOSTON – Kyrie Irving posted his 11th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 assists, leading the host Boston Celtics to a 107-99 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Irving added a career-high eight steals. He has been hot lately, averaging 29.6 points in his past five games.
The Celtics improved to 18-5 at home this season, including nine straight wins. Boston hasn’t lost a home game since Dec. 21 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Miami, which trailed by as many as 22 points early in the fourth quarter before rallying, was led by two reserves. Forward Derrick Jones scored a career-high 18 points. Guard Dion Waiters, who last week complained about a lacking playing time, also had 18 points.
Besides Irving, Boston also got a double-double from power forward Al Horford, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to go with four assists and three blocks.
Two other Celtics forwards also scored in double figures: Jayson Tatum had 19 points, and Marcus Morris added 17.
Boston dominated the first quarter, gaining a 13-6 rebounding edge while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent on 3-point attempts (4 of 9). The Celtics also held Miami to 47.4-percent shooting, taking a 33-23 lead.
Miami used a 22-9 run — which began late in the first quarter — to grab a 41-40 advantage, its first lead since 2-0. By halftime, the score was tied at 50, and Irving had had 16 points.
The Heat got back in the game by winning the second-quarter rebound battle 13-5, reversing the earlier trend. The Heat also had a 28-20 advantage in first-half paint points.
Boston, though, surged back in the third quarter, scoring the first nine points. The Celtics did not stop there, and they cruised to an 87-68 lead by the end of the third. Boston shot 72.7 percent in the third (16 of 22).
Miami’s bench led a fourth-quarter rally, getting the Heat as close as five points with 4:29 left. However, Irving answered with three consecutive Boston baskets as the Celtics prevailed.
–Field Level Media