(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat return to South Beach after a long road
trip and kick off a homestand Tuesday night against their former bitter
rivals, the Boston Celtics.
The Heat went 2-4 on their recent sojourn up the east coast. The trek started
with three straight losses to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and
Washington Wizards, then followed with back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia
76ers and Charlotte Bobcats.
A .500 road trip was at stake Monday night when the Heat visited Atlanta. They
owned the Hawks in recent history, but it wasn't to be on Martin Luther King,
The Hawks snapped a nine-game losing streak to the two-time defending
"We scored enough points to win, so it was obviously defense," said LeBron
James. "It's not good basketball right now. We didn't have the effort for 48
James led Miami with 30 points, Chris Bosh scored 21 and Mario Chalmers had
17. The Heat were missing Dwyane Wade (knee) for the second straight game, but
Chris Andersen (knee) returned from a three-game absence to score eight. Wade
is listed as questionable for Tuesday.
The Heat get the Celtics upon their return home in a game that used to be
blood sport, but, with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce elsewhere, the rivalry is
probably dialed back some.
That's not to say the Heat won't be ready. They'll have revenge on their mind
as the Celtics came to Miami and left with a one-point victory on Nov. 9. That
was one of just three home losses for the Heat this season.
The Celtics have been lousy lately, losing two straight and 14 of their last
16. Rajon Rondo returned Friday night, but so far the new captain's return has
translated into an 0-2 record.
After a loss at home to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the C's embarked on
a quick trip through the south and started it was a 93-91 loss to the Orlando
With the game tied 91 apiece and under 30 seconds left, Orlando's Jameer
Nelson missed a 3-pointer, but Boston's Kris Humphries was called for a loose
ball foul on Tobias Harris, who calmly sank two from the charity stripe for
the game's final points.
"This is not fun for me at all," said Boston coach Brad Stevens. "That's the
bottom line. I'd like to see us get better and maybe win some of these, but we
haven't. We need to move on and try to do it the next time."
Jeff Green poured in 22 points, while Avery Bradley and Humphries scored 18
apiece for Boston.
Rondo managed six points in 21:20 of action.
Newest Celtic Joel Anthony will face his former team after being traded last
The Heat have won three of the last five meetings between the two teams, while
the Celtics have dropped four of their last six trips to Miami.
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