The rivalry between Boston and Miami may be dead, but the thrilling finishes that came to symbolize these two when they meet is indeed alive and well.
And the latest installment came Saturday as Boston pulled off the buzzer-beater of all buzzer-beaters in knocking off the Heat, 111-110.
Jeff Green led all Celtics with 24 points which included a baseline 3-pointer with no time left for the victory. Avery Bradley had 17 points while Jordan Crawford scored 15 and Jared Sullinger 12.
There were plenty of others whose play would provide the Celtics just what they needed in order to extend their winning streak to three.
And with that we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from what easily qualifies as the Celtics' most impressive win of the season.
What can you say about Jeff Green? Easily his best game this season, Green delivered the winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer as part of a 24-point, five-rebound night.
Kris Humphries' patience once again paid off for both him and the Celtics. With Brandon Bass in early foul trouble, head coach Brad Stevens turned to Humphries and he didn't disappoint. He wound up playing 19 minutes and finished with nine points and five rebounds.
This was as aggressive as we have seen the Celtics in terms of attacking in transition. Boston finished with a decisive 15-5 advantage in fast break points which made many - including our very own Tommy Heinsohn - quite giddy.
The defense was strong as ever, but it was Bradley's clutch shooting in the fourth quarter that gave the Celtics more than a fighting chance at pulling off the upset.
Trailing 102-95, Bradley hit a long 3-pointer. Moments later, he drove into the lane for a buzzer-beating lay-up that cut Miami's lead to 102-100 with about four minutes to play.
They're called free throws, but they were quite costly to the Celtics on Saturday. The Celtics were 9-for-12 from the line while allowing the Heat to get 32 attempts. They hit 23.
Usually the first quarter is good to the Celtics. But they allowed the Heat to shoot 64.7 percent from the field along with sending the Heat to the line 11 times. Boston was fortunate to only trail by six points after the quarter in part because of their own impressive shooting (57.8 percent).