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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , January 28, 2020
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 19,704

Heat finish homestand against Celtics

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According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

  1. Despite a 7-7 record in January, the Celtics have averaged 114.2 points per game, their highest scoring average in any month this season. Boston's scoring average has increased each month this season from 109.8 in October, to 110.9 in November, to 112.6 in December and now to 114.2 in January.
  2. Miami will be playing on zero days' rest as it picked up a 113-92 win over Orlando last night. The Heat are just 3-5 this season in the second game of a back-to-back, compared to 29-9 when getting at least one day of rest.
  3. Bam Adebayo picked up his third triple-double of the season last game to match Jimmy Butler for the team lead. Adebayo and Butler are the first pair of teammates with at least three triple-doubles in the same season since Rajon Rondo (3) and Evan Turner (3) did so for the 2014-15 Celtics.
  4. In 40 games with the Celtics, Kemba Walker has made 139 three-pointers. The only player with more three-pointers made in his first 40 games with any team is Eric Gordon, who made 148 threes in his first 40 games with Houston in 2016-17.
  5. Duncan Robinson has made multiple three-pointers in a Heat franchise record 16 straight games. Robinson's 154 three-pointers made this season are currently the second most by any Heat player prior to the All-Star break all-time (Wayne Ellington -- 168 in 2017-18).
  6. The Heat are 3-12 against the Celtics since the 2015-16 season, their worst record against any opponent over that time. Boston has averaged 10.5 three-pointers made at 38.2 percent, while limiting the Heat to 8.9 three-pointers made at 30.8 percent during this 15-game stretch.

The Boston Celtics are looking to make their three-game road trip through the South a successful one, but it would only happen if they can bounce back for a Tuesday victory over the Miami Heat.

The Celtics will try to rebound from an icy shooting performance in New Orleans on Sunday. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 35 points and Gordon Hayward tallied 23, but the Pelicans led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter and went on to defeat the Celtics 123-108.

Forward Jayson Tatum (illness/groin strain) and center Enes Kanter (hip bruise) both missed the game for Boston, which was a chilly 8-for-33 (24.2 percent) from behind the 3-point arc.

The Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 109-98 on Friday in the opening game of their trip.

In the first meeting of the season between Boston and Miami on Dec. 4, the homestanding Celtics rolled to a 112-93 win behind Jaylen Brown's 31 points, including 22 in the second half.

"Our guys did a really good job of driving, kicking, moving the ball and finding the next guy," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "It all works together."

The Celtics did a fine job from 3-point range, connecting on 16 of 41 attempts (39 percent) against a Miami squad that entered the game ranked second against defending the trey.

The Heat will play for the third time in five nights to finish their five-game homestand, and they will complete a back-to-back set after beating the Orlando Magic 113-92 on Monday. Miami took a 122-117 loss to the Clippers on Friday in a game that featured Los Angeles star Kawhi Leonard recording his first career triple-double.

The Clippers game also marked the return of Miami's Dion Waiters, who made his season debut in the defeat. Waiters finally got past three separate team-imposed suspensions. With backcourt teammates Kendrick Nunn (Achilles) and Goran Dragic (calf) sidelined, Waiters shot 5-for-12 from the field for 14 points, including a 4-for-9 showing from 3-point range.

Despite a nagging sprained ankle, Jimmy Butler started Monday against the Magic, and Dragic returned to the lineup as well. However, Nunn was out for a second straight game.

Miami held a six-point halftime lead but poured it on in the first five minutes of the second half. The Heat worked their way to a 72-52 lead at the seven-minute mark over the Magic, the NBA's second-lowest-scoring team, and cruised to the win.

The Heat shot 53.2 percent from the field, drained 14 3-pointers and limited Orlando to 37.1 percent shooting from the field.

Miami forward Bam Adebayo scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in 32 minutes for his third triple-double of the season.

"I'm going to dedicate this one to Kobe, man," Adebayo said of legendary Kobe Bryant, 41, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash. "That's my role model. It's sad and I pray for his family, but this one goes out to Kobe Bean."

The Heat moved to 21-2 at home, tying them with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers for the league's best home mark.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 28, 2020

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