MIAMI — Guard Avery Bradley scored 25 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Celtics, winners of three of their past four games, improved to 10-8. Bradley’s total was two points off his season high.
Boston also got 17 points from center Jared Sullinger. Forward Amir Johnson had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami (10-6) fell to 8-3 at home. The Heat were led by guard Dwyane Wade, who posted season highs of 30 points and five steals, but matched a season high with seven turnovers.
Heat forward Chris Bosh added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami got little help from the rest of the starters including center Hassan Whiteside, who was held to six points and eight rebounds. Point guard Goran Dragic was held to nine points.
Boston shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first quarter, which fueled a 19-4 run. That helped the Celtics wipe out a six-point deficit, ending the quarter with a 32-23 lead.
Miami won the second quarter 28-25, cutting the Celtics’ lead to 57-51 at the half. The Boston lead would have been nine, but Johnson’s 3-pointer was released a split-second after the halftime buzzer sounded.
Heat reserve guard Tyler Johnson was the first-half shooting star, making all four of his shots, including two 3-pointers, for 10 points.
Boston surged ahead by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but Miami battled back to a standstill for the period and trailed by six entering the fourth. Wade and Bradley each had 12 points in the quarter.
The Celtics fought off big fourth quarters by Bosh and Wade to prevail. Bosh had 10 points in the fourth, and Wade had eight.
GAME NOTES: Heat F Chris Bosh started despite battling the flu. “Guys are getting flu shots, taking care of themselves and washing their hands,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the flu bug hitting the team. “Every team goes through it. You take whatever measures you can, but things happen.” … Heat SF Luol Deng (strained left hamstring) missed his third consecutive game. He is due to return Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. SF Gerald Green started in place of Deng for the third game in a row. … Miami recalled F Jarnell Stokes from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Sunday. … The game marked Boston’s only visit to Miami this season. … Celtics G Marcus Smart (knee) is out until late December.
Pistons 116, Rockets 105
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Guard Reggie Jackson had 31 points and eight assists, and the Detroit Pistons built a 28-point first-half lead before holding off the Houston Rockets 116-105 Monday night at The Palace.
Detroit center Andre Drummond supplied 24 points and 13 rebounds despite shooting 4-for-18 from the free-throw line. Rookie small forward Stanley Johnson notched the first double-double of his career with 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, and small forward Marcus Morris chipped in 12 points and six assists for the Pistons (9-9).
Shooting guard James Harden, the league’s second-leading scorer, had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Houston (7-11). Shooting guard Marcus Thornton added 18 points off the bench.
Drummond picked up two fouls in the first 2:50 and retreated to the bench, but the Pistons built a 16-point lead.
Once Drummond re-entered, he racked up 10 points and four rebounds as the lead ballooned to 28. Johnson provided a jolt, reaching his season high in rebounds midway through the second quarter.
Back-to-back threes by Jackson, who had 17 first-half points, gave Detroit its biggest lead at 60-32.
Detroit led 64-41 at halftime.
The Rockets used the “Hack-A-Dre” strategy during the middle of the third quarter. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was forced to take Drummond out with the center misfiring repeatedly from the foul line.
Sparked by their bench, the Rockets crept within 84-73 by the end of the quarter.
Houston also scored the first seven points of the fourth, including a 3-pointer by reserve point guard Ty Lawson, to cut Detroit’s lead to four.
The Pistons regrouped and got the lead up to double digits again with 5:48 left on a Drummond tip-in. Harden scored 16 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn’t enough.
played in five games for the Cavs this season, averaging three minutes per game.