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Celtics hand Heat 3rd loss in 4 games

MIAMI — New roster, same problem for the Heat. It can't find a way to beat the Celtics.

Ray Allen hit his first seven 3-point tries and finished with 35 points, Paul Pierce added 25 and the Celtics led wire-to-wire in a 112-107 win over Miami on Thursday night, beating the Heat for the second time this season and handing it a second straight home loss. Miami has also lost three of its last four games.

"We're becoming like Teflon," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about the criticism of Miami's 5-4 start.

Boston has won 13 of the last 14 regular-season meetings in addition to eliminating Miami in the opening round of last season's playoffs.

Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists and Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, which led by as many as 20.

LeBron James finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, narrowly missing his second straight triple double. Dwyane Wade scored eight on 2-for-12 shooting. The Heat got within 110-107 on Udonis Haslem's free throws with 13.3 seconds left, but Allen hit a pair of free throws.

The Celtics topped the Heat 88-80 in the season opener Oct. 26, and Miami said it had gotten better since then.

Game highlights: Luol Deng scored 26, Derrick Rose had 22 and the host Bulls raced to a 30-point lead en route to a 120-90 romp over the Warriors.

Around the league: The NBA fined 76ers forward Andres Nocioni $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands after a loss at Oklahoma City earlier in the week. … Rockets center Yao Ming has a mild left ankle sprain and is expected to be out at least a week. … Spurs rookie guard James Anderson has a stress fracture in his right foot that will keep him out for two months.

Celtics 112, Heat 107

BOSTON (112): Pierce 10-16 4-4 25, Garnett 6-8 4-5 16, S.O'Neal 1-4 3-5 5, Rondo 3-8 2-4 8, Allen 13-23 2-2 35, Davis 3-7 0-0 6, Daniels 1-4 0-0 2, Robinson 5-7 1-2 12, Erden 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 43-79 17-25 112.

MIAMI (107): James 9-21 17-22 35, Bosh 6-10 3-4 15, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Arroyo 2-4 0-0 4, Wade 2-12 4-6 8, Ilgauskas 3-4 0-0 6, House 4-6 3-3 13, Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Haslem 9-10 3-4 21, Stackhouse 0-1 2-2 2, Chalmers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-72 32-41 107.

Boston 27 34 27 24— 112

Miami 20 26 32 29— 107

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-16 (Allen 7-9, Robinson 1-3, Pierce 1-4), Miami 3-16 (House 2-2, Jones 1-3, Chalmers 0-1, James 0-5, Wade 0-5). Fouled OutDavis. ReboundsBoston 42 (Garnett 13), Miami 47 (Haslem, James 10). AssistsBoston 24 (Rondo 16), Miami 18 (James 9). Total FoulsBoston 30, Miami 22. TechnicalsRobinson, Boston defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—S.O'Neal. A19,650.

Bulls 120, Warriors 90

GOLDEN STATE (90): D.Wright 5-13 0-0 12, B.Wright 2-6 0-0 4, Biedrins 1-3 0-0 2, Curry 7-18 1-2 17, Ellis 10-20 4-4 24, Radmanovic 4-9 0-0 9, Gadzuric 4-8 0-0 8, Lin 0-2 0-0 0, Carney 2-5 0-1 5, Williams 3-7 0-0 7, Adrien 1-2 0-0 2, Bell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-95 5-7 90.

CHICAGO (120): Deng 9-19 6-7 26, Gibson 5-10 4-4 14, Noah 6-10 5-6 17, Rose 10-17 2-2 22, Bogans 6-10 0-0 14, Brewer 1-4 0-0 2, Asik 3-4 2-2 8, Watson 2-3 2-2 7, Korver 4-5 0-0 10, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Scalabrine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-84 21-23 120.

Golden State 20 18 25 27— 90

Chicago 34 32 28 26— 120

3-Point GoalsGolden State 7-23 (Curry 2-5, D.Wright 2-7, Carney 1-1, Radmanovic 1-3, Williams 1-3, Bell 0-1, Ellis 0-3), Chicago 7-19 (Korver 2-3, Deng 2-5, Bogans 2-6, Watson 1-2, Rose 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 45 (D.Wright 8), Chicago 53 (Deng 11). AssistsGolden State 20 (Curry 6), Chicago 29 (Rose 13). Total FoulsGolden State 16, Chicago 7. TechnicalsBogans. A21,140.

Celtics hand Heat 3rd loss in 4 games 11/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 12, 2010 12:24am]
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