Miami Heat Index: Young Duo Leads Heat To Win Over Celtics

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Feb 1, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) celebrates with guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Led by a couple of their youngest players, the Miami Heat got a win against the Boston Celtics Sunday.

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With Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng still out, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson combined to score 51 of the Miami Heat’s 83 points in a win against the Boston Celtics Sunday.

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Neither team played particularly well, both shooting less than 42 percent from the field, but at least Miami came away with a good look at Johnson–who is on his second 10-day contract–and some offensive highlights from Whiteside. We’ll get to these things later in the post-game grades.

Whiteside, Chris Andersen and Bosh controlled the paint. The Heat outscored the Celtics 36 to 28 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 46-40. Miami had nine blocks as a team, compared to Boston’s three.

The Celtics showed phases of good ball movement and offense, but lack the shotmakers and shot creators to do it consistently. Tyler Zeller, who went for 22 and 8 in these teams’ first meeting, put up 17 and 6 this time around. Avery Bradley (17) and Brandon Bass (15) were the only other Celtics to score in double digits.

With the win, the Heat improve to 21-26 and four games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the sixth seed in the East. The Celtics fall to 16-30.

Check out the post-game grades and Heat Index, categorizing every player from “cold” to “white hot.”

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