Heat beat Celtics, run streak to 23
Miami overcame a superb effort from Jeff Green and Boston to upend the Celtics and extend their winning run to 23 straight.

CLUTCH. James came through with clutch baskets and 37 points to lead Miami past Boston. Photo by Jim Rogash/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — The Miami Heat leaned on a fiery windup to come back, beat the Boston Celtics, 105-103, and extend their winning streak to 23 games Tuesday morning, March 19, at the TD Garden in Boston.

Down seven with five minutes left, the Heat bombed the Celtics in a game-closing 13-4 run to complete the victory and chalk up the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

LeBron James proved to be solid in the clutch anew, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left and finishing with 37 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, two blocks and two steals for Miami, who won its 52nd game — the most in the league.

Boston started out strong and built several double-digit spreads behind Jeff Green’s scorching shooting and the Celtics’ stout defense as the Heat’s streak looked to be in serious peril early on. 

But Miami slowly chipped at Boston’s lead and eventually took the lead, only to give it back as Green continued his scoring rampage.

Green would eventually finish with a career-high 43 points but missed his last few shots in the loss that snapped the Celtics’ two-game run.

Mario Chalmers fired four three-pointers, including one that shoved the Heat ahead with two minutes left, to end up with 21 points even as Dwyane Wade had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. 

On the other hand, Paul Pierce posted 17 points, eight boards and eight assists but his seven turnovers did not help Boston overcome Kevin Garnett’s absence to drop to 36-30. –

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