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A disastrous fourth quarter effort that included a 6:28 scoreless stretch, a blown double-digit edge and a turnover with an opportunity to tie or take the lead within the last seconds led to the Boston Celtics falling 98-95 to the host Miami Warmth on Tuesday.
The Celtics led 87-77 with 8:47 remaining, however an enormous scoring drought propelled Miami to a 15-0 run.
Jayson Tatum, who completed with 31 factors, 14 rebounds and 7 assists, lastly broke the droop with a three-point play.
Boston ultimately clawed again to tie the sport at 95 on a Grant Williams three-pointer.
Nevertheless, Miami heart Bam Adebayo, who posted 30 factors and 15 rebounds, countered with a jumper to place the Warmth forward for good.
Boston had an opportunity for the tie or the win, however head coach Joe Mazzulla opted in opposition to calling a timeout. The possession ended with Warmth guard Tyler Herro intercepting a Tatum crosscourt go.
Boston obtained one other shot to tie the sport after Haywood Highsmith made 1-of-2 free throws, however a Payton Pritchard three-point try didn’t join.
The Celtics entered this sport lacking Jaylen Brown (proper adductor pressure), Marcus Sensible (proper ankle sprain), Al Horford (decrease again stiffness) and Malcolm Brogdon (private causes), in order that they weren’t near full energy.
The Warmth weren’t both with Jimmy Butler (lower back tightness) lacking this one, however the Celtics had been in the end lacking 4 of their six prime scorers. Outdoors the turnovers, Tatum performed very effectively, and Derrick White (23 factors) was additionally distinctive.
However their efforts weren’t sufficient in a sport Boston ought to have received. The Celtics had been in the end too sloppy with 17 turnovers). Tatum had as many turnovers as all the Warmth staff (seven). The giveaways helped the Warmth win regardless of capturing simply 36.2 p.c from the sphere.
This was additionally a quiet evening from the bench, which scored simply 10 factors on 4-of-13 capturing.
The Celtics nonetheless sport the league’s greatest file at 35-14 regardless of dropping on back-to-back nights after falling 113-98 to the Orlando Magic on Monday. A nine-game successful streak resulting in the pair of losses in Florida in the end propelled Boston to the highest.
Tuesday proved to be a missed alternative, nonetheless, and Twitter gave its tackle the matter.
Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT
Celtics gave away the ball 17 instances within the slim loss to the HEAT, in a matchup the Celtics had an opportunity to win in the event that they didn’t once more generate self-inflicted wounds. pic.twitter.com/ySg1DVRsko
Marc D’Amico @Marc_DAmico
A uncommon occasion this season the place it felt just like the Celtics simply gave a sport away, no matter who was lively tonight.
Adam Kaufman @AdamMKaufman
Only a few official collapses outta the #Celtics this season. We noticed one tonight.
Kenny III☘️ @CELTICSvsEvery1
Final collapse by the Celtics LOL
Funniest half is the Warmth are the worst 4th quarter scoring staff within the NBA and went on a 15-0 run within the 4th🤣
Choke jobs like tonight are why the Celtics went 7 video games in opposition to the Bucks and Warmth final 12 months and why they misplaced to the Warriors within the Finals
Boston Sports activities Gordo @BOSSportsGordo
If you happen to go 6 minutes and 27 seconds with out scoring within the 4th quarter, you don’t should win the sport.
Celtics had a number of guys down tonight, however that may’t occur.
John-Griner Canady @Johng_c
What a shitty option to lose. Led the entire sport usually to choke in one of many worst methods doable..#Celtics
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s on everybody.
Tatum may have known as a timeout himself when it went to crap. Or he may have swung it to White, on the very least.
Mazzulla may have known as timeout.
Anybody on the ground may have known as timeout when it was going to crap.
It was unhealthy on all of them. https://t.co/auNBhVfum2
Boston will look to bounce again on Thursday at house in opposition to the New York Knicks.