Boston led by up to six points in a first period that featured five lead changes, but Miami rallied to go up 28-24 by the end of the quarter.
After two frustrating losses in the last three weeks in which they blew big leads against contending teams, the Miami Heat finally broke the trend with Thursday's victory against the Boston Celtics. Afterward, Rozier let is be known that he considered Wade to be his idol and revealed that he let Wade know that it was "mandatory" that his game-worn jersey go to Rozier.
Kyrie Irving had 22 for the Celtics, who scored a season-high 135 points one night earlier in a win over in - and were held under 100 for the fourth time all season, the first time since November 17. Brown finished with just two points on 1-of-5 shooting in a season-low 14 minutes of action, while Morris tallied 17 points in the loss. It was an opportunity for Rozier to swap jerseys with his childhood idol, Dwyane Wade, who has announced this year will be his last before retirement.
The Celtics lost to the Heat 115-99. Then, Wade saved the day-scoring 12 of his 19 points between the four-minute mark of the third and the 10 minute mark in the fourth.
"I've been on this train with him for a long time, " Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, per NBA.com. Miami pulled ahead 61-43 before halftime. One key issue for the Celtics this season has been mediocre play away from home, as Brad Stevens' squad has posted a 10-10 mark on the road.
Josh Richardson followed close behind Wade contributing 18 points. Justise Winslow locked in 13 points and added a career-high of 11 assists after setting his career-high of 10 assists against the Wizards earlier this month.