Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 36 points to win out over the Miami Heat in overtime 112-108 last night in Boston. He was the only big 3 member present as Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were sidelined with injuries. Rajon Rondo picked up his game for the C’s scoring 27 points while dishing out 10 assists. With 13 games to go in the regular season Boston was able to clinch the Atlantic Division with the win.
The Miami heat also had injury troubles with their star player Dwayne Wade recently injuring his right hip flexor. Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers helped the Heat give the Celtics a run for their money, scoring 21 and 19. “It showed that even without D-Wade we’re still going to fight,” Chalmers said. “We’re a good team.”
Though they were able to pull off the overtime win at home, the Celtics need to get healthy soon for the post season. Leon Powe, Tony Allen, and Brian Scalabrine were inactive along with Garnett and Allen. Pierce believes the team morale is high after the victory saying “we know that we are injured, but just to get back on the winning mind-frame is big for us.”
The Celtics are on their way to San Antonio to match up against the Spurs Friday at 8:30 p.m.
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