Jan 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles the ball around Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Heat Survive Celtics, Win 93-86

The Heat defeated the Celtics, in a game that was closer than it needed to be. The win pushes their record to 30-12.

For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 29 points and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh added 16 points and six rebounds. Chris Andersen contributed 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

For the Celtics, Brandon Bass finished with a team-high 15 points off the bench. Kris Humphries scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger finished with 12 points each.

The Heat were lucky to pull this game out, and they can thank the poor Celtics offense for the gift. The Celtics finished the game shooting 39% from the field, and 18% from three. Given the fact that they owned Miami on the glass (46-33), the Heat should be thankful they got out of the game alive.

Tonight also provided another glimpse into the progress of Greg Oden. He played 6 minutes in the first half and provided two points, one rebound, and one block. He looked good in his rotations on defense, and his block was a highlight, as he erased a dunk attempt from Green.

The Heat’s next game is this Thursday, when the Los Angeles Lakers come to visit American Airlines Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 8 pm.

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