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Miami Heat’s road woes persist in double-overtime loss to Boston Celtics
BOSTON – Never mind the rivalry and the Celtics’ recent struggles. Look past the double-overtime drama. Forget, for a moment, the day’s big news of Rajon Rondo’s knee injury.
Boil it all away and there is this: The Heat still hasn’t figured out how to consistently win on the road.
After a mostly listless performance in regulation by the defending champions and then a wild and rough 10 minutes in two overtime periods, Heat forward Shane Battier missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in the Heat’s 100-98 loss to the Celtics on Sunday at TD Garden.
It was the Heat’s first double-overtime game of the season; Miami had been 4-0 in overtime games this season.
“They made more plays than we did,” said Heat forward LeBron James, who had 34 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in nearly 52 minutes of work.
“It was a good, just two very competitive teams. We’re not upset at all about this one. At all. We played until the end and just came up short.”
While James always seems to find the silver lining in hard-fought games, the Heat most certainly will feel like an opportunity for a rare victory in Boston slipped away.
After all, Boston won despite Rondo being a late-game scratch. The Heat has lost 10 in row during the regular season at TD Garden.
BY JOSEPH GOODMAN