When the Miami Heat, trailing by eight at the quarter break, opened the final period on a 7-0 run, it seemed certain that they would overtake and defeat the visiting Boston Celtics. The Heat, after all, went into Tuesday night’s game with the best home record in the NBA at 24-3. Boston had maintained a double digit lead for most of the game to that point based mostly on the strength of uncanny shooting in the neighborhood of 60 percent. Surely here in the fourth the Miami defense would clamp down, the Celtics shooters would come back to Earth and the Heat would get the win they needed to stay in the hunt for the best record in the league.
Instead, the Celtics just got hotter. Hitting jumper after jumper, they immediately rebuilt the lost lead, and registered a huge 115-107 victory.
After the Heat had cut the lead to one, the Celtics proceeded to make their next eight shots without a miss — and not a dunk or a layup in sight. They scored 19 points on nine straight possessions, all of them jump shots of 15 feet or more, and all against a Miami defense that is fifth in the league in field goal percentage against.