Boston Celtics striker Jason Tatum (0) scores against Miami Heat center Bama Adebayo (13) in the first half at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, USA on November 4, 2021. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Via Field Level Media)
Jaylen Brown scored 17 points and topped Boston’s six double-digit goal scorers when the Celtics guests defeated the Miami Heat 95-78 on Thursday, putting in an impressive defensive effort to end the Heath’s five-game winning streak.
Dennis Schroeder has 14 points, Aaron Nesmith 13 and Romeo Langford 12 for Boston, who won the second in a row after a streak of three losses. Al Horford and Jason Tatum each have 10 points for the Celtics, all four of which have been away wins.
Miami, who competed with an average of 115.6 points, had their lowest overall points of the season and scored 34.6 percent from the field and 9 out of 41 (22 percent) from three-point range.
Kyle Lowry scored six points, seven rebounds and five assists for Miami before retiring at the end of the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Jimmy Butler has 20 points, Duncan Robinson has 16 and Bam Adebayo has 13 points and seven rebounds for Miami. Lowry completed six of the team’s 18 revolutions.
Robert Williams III made 10 rebounds for the Celtics, losing 24-18 after the first quarter.
Robinson made three threes in the first 12 minutes for Miami but finished 5 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Miami was uncharacteristically careless in the second quarter as Boston took advantage of five losses to Miami in the first four minutes to take a 31-29 lead.
Boston used 23-3 to take a 46-31 lead with 2:35 left in half. Miami lost almost six minutes during halftime and lost 51-33 during halftime.
Brown scored 11 points in the first half for Boston, who beat Miami 33-9 in the second quarter. Nine points became the most productive quarter of the Hit since January 3, 2020.
The Celtics retained the lead in the third quarter with Nesmith taking the lead. Nesmith scored a total of three points this season before making three threes on Thursday.
Brown left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring strain. Coach Ime Udoka said Brown will be questioned again on Friday.
Tatum, who competed with an average of 24.3 points per game, withstood 3 out of 13 shots. His first basket was scored with 8:35 to the end of the game, when his 3-point goal gave Boston a solid 22 point lead.