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Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) was caught in a pick between Heat forward Michael Beasley (8) and Heat guard Norris Cole during the first half.
Heat center Chris Bosh and Celtics center Kris Humphries went after a loose ball in the second half.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley drained a 3-pointer over Heat forward Chris Andersen to pull the Celtics within 6 points during the second quarter.
Celtics center Kelly Olynyk drove past Beasley en route to a first-half layup.
Celtics forward Brandon Bass had little room to maneuver as he was pressured by Heat defenders.
Olynyk and Bradley raced Cole to a loose ball; Olynyk was called for a foul on Cole.
Beasley reached in as he went for the steal on Bass during the second half.
Olynyk dove for a loose ball early in the fourth quarter, but lost possession when he fell out of bounds.
Heat forward LeBron James didn't dress for the game, but looked like he might have wanted to join the action while on the sideline.
Bradley celebrated his three pointer that gave Boston a 88-84 lead in the fourth quarter; former Celtic Ray Allen looked less than enthused.
James let his feelings be known when he disagreed with a call in the fourth quarter.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo tied up Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (40) late in the fourth quarter, forcing a jump ball.
Rondo pulled in a defensive rebound over Heat forward Shane Battier with 41 seconds left.
Rondo drained an 8-foot floater over the outstretched arms of Haslem, giving the Celtics a 99-94 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Bradley gives a shout to Rondo after Rondo gave the Celtics a 101-96 lead with 18 seconds left.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Battier headed to the showers after Bradley and the Celtics held on for the 101-96 victory.
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