Heat hold off Celtics in fourth quarter, 93-86

Heat hold off Celtics in fourth quarter, 93-86
January 21, 2014, 10:00 pm
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MIAMI — The Boston Celtics once again gave themselves a shot at success, taking the Miami Heat down to the wire for the second time in as many matchups this season.

But there would be no Miami Miracle this time as the Heat squeaked out a 93-86 win.

LeBron James proved to once again be the Heat's savior, finishing with 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

But more important than that, he was the closer that Miami needed.

Trailing 88-86, Jeff Green lost the ball out of bounds with less than two minutes to play.

Seconds later, James was fouled by Green.

James made both free throws with 1:11 to play that made it a two-possession game and the Celtic's comeback hopes were all but dashed at that point.

They had multiple chances to inch closer but consistently came up short.

Disappointed with the loss, Boston's near comeback did produce an unexpected contributor they may want to take a closer look at in the coming days - Chris Johnson.

Johnson, signed last week by the Celtics to a 10-day contract, came off the bench on Tuesday to score 11 points not to mention made a slew of hustle plays.

And while James certainly delivered yet another strong performance, he had a slew of reinforcements with names like "Rio" and "Birdman" on the back of their jerseys as the Heat donned their nickname jerseys.

Miami jumped on the Celtics and led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter. The Celtics trailed 29-15 with as many made field goals (six) as turnovers.

Boston was able to cut into Miami's lead in the second quarter, but they had to do it for the most part without Avery Bradley.

The 6-foot-2 guard suffered a right ankle sprain early in the second and was unable to return. It is unclear if he'll play at Washington on Wednesday.