Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley Lead Celtics To Win Over Heat, 105-95

Avery Bradley logged 25 points, Amir Johnson added a double-double and the Celtics held off the Heat, 105-95, on Monday night at American Airlines Arena.

Bradley had 17 in the second half, scoring 12 in the third quarter to halt Miami’s surge. He shot 9-for-15 from the floor with a trio of three-pointers, earning three of the Celts’ 15 steals.

Johnson, meanwhile, contributed 13 points in 33 minutes — pulling down 10 rebounds in perhaps his strongest outing with the team. He grabbed three offensive boards with two blocks, the most by any player.

The Heat cut a double-digit deficit to one in the fourth, but ultimately failed to repel the Celtics’ aggressive defense. Dwyane Wade led their comeback attempt with 30 points, while Chris Bosh pitched in 21.

It was the Celtics’ third win in four games, improving their record on the year to 10-8.

Turning Point: The Celtics clung to an 84-83 edge at the 9:55 mark, but gained some breathing room with a well-timed 10-0 run. Both Jae Crowder and Jared Sullinger hit threes during the stretch, giving the C’s enough space to complete the victory.

Selfless Play: It wasn’t the best shooting performance for Isaiah Thomas — he converted just five of 17 field goal tries — but what he lacked in buckets, he made up for in assists. The 5’9 Celtics point guard had nine of them in the contest, one short of his season-high.

Closing Statement: Evan Turner essentially sealed it for Boston with a reverse layup late, putting the visitors up 101-93 with 38 seconds remaining. Turner blew right past Wade for the easy two points, helping him finish with a solid 13.

Next Up: The Celtics battle the Kings in Mexico City on Thursday, their second meeting with Rajon Rondo since trading him last December. Tip-off is set for 10:00 p.m. ET, with CSN New England and CSN California calling the action.

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