BOSTON (AP) - Rajon Rondo hit two running baseline shots in the last two minutes and the Boston Celtics capitalized on the absence of LeBron James to beat the Miami Heat 101-96 Wednesday night.
One night after scoring 43 points in a 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, James sat out the game with back spasms and the Heat lost for the first time in their three games without him this season.
Rondo finished with 9 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as Boston stopped a five-game losing streak. Former Maine Red Claw Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points and had career highs of six 3-point baskets and nine 3-point attempts. Brandon Bass added 18 points.
The Heat, which had won its previous two games after losing five of six, was led by Wade with 17 points, Chris Andersen with 16 and Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem with 14 each.