MIAMI — Given that a Boston Celtics had trailed in a fourth entertain in 8 of their 16 true wins, it was transparent it would take an impassioned bid to snap their streak.
Or maybe only a propitious rebound off a tip of a backboard.
The Celtics trailed for many of Wednesday night’s diversion opposite a Miami Heat though were within a indicate late in a fourth quarter. That’s when Miami’s Dion Waiters took a 3-point shot that bounced off a rim, off a tip of a backboard and behind down by a hoop with 3:14 left.
It extended Miami’s lead to 4 and stalled a Celtics’ run for good, and a Heat eventually handed Boston a initial detriment in 35 days, 104-98.
“It’s tough, though I’m unapproachable of this group,” Celtics brazen Al Horford said. “We put ourselves in position to win a diversion there, and we didn’t make a plays down a stretch. We have to learn from that.
“It wasn’t like we were indispensably winning during a streak. But a will of this group is something that needs to be accounted for.”
Perhaps it was a box of a always-powerful South Beach flu.
Or maybe Kyrie Irving was due for a severe night after a stellar 47-point opening Monday.
But a Celtics, who hadn’t mislaid given starting a deteriorate 0-2, struggled mightily in a initial half, sharpened 33.3 percent from a building while scoring only 3 points off 10 Miami first-half turnovers.
The Heat led by as many as 18 points in a initial half and went into halftime heading 54-41, with Dragic carrying scored 20.
“That’s a unequivocally well-coached team, and they played their butts off,” Celtics manager Brad Stevens said. “They deserved to win that game.
“When we’re sealed in and we’re executing, we’re flattering good. However, we go by too many lulls when we’re not.”
In a second half, a Celtics were anticipating to do what they had been doing via a season: redeem from a severe start.
Heading into Wednesday night’s game, a tarnishing Celtics had been creation their wins sincerely stressful. Against a Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 3, a Celtics trailed by 18 in a third entertain before Irving put on a uncover down a widen for that win.
The Heat managed to say a double-digit pillow in Wednesday’s third as a Celtics’ offense stalled, ensuing in a lot of siege situations late in a shot clock.
Irving scored only dual of his team’s 22 points in a quarter, and Boston’s win strain would need a 16-point, fourth-quarter quip if it were to continue.
“You could tell they were sealed in all night,” Irving said. “They wanted it. You gotta credit their energy.”
Boston showed most some-more life in a fourth quarter, starting so aggressively that a Celtics were in a reward with 9 mins left. With 3 mins remaining, behind a 13-0 run and a span of 3s from Tatum, Boston was unexpected within a point, 91-90.
That’s when Waiters attempted to reason off Boston on his own. The Heat ensure strike a vicious 3-pointer — one that bounced off a tip of a backboard before descending by — to put Miami behind adult by four. He followed that with a step-back 3 in a dilemma — no backboard required this time — to extend a lead to 97-90.
“To me, that’s not luck,” Stevens said. “They emanate that with their pace.”
Waiters followed with an atmosphere ball, though with a assistance of a Hassan Whiteside tip-in with 1:10 remaining, a Heat stopped a Celtics’ win strain and maybe gave themselves a springboard win.
The Celtics, meanwhile, were reminded what losing feels like for a initial time in 35 days.
“There’s still a lot to accomplish going forward,” Irving said. “It was a good streak. But it was time to come to an end.”