A repeat performance, however, could be hard to come by with the next matchup coming in South Beach.
Surging Boston tries for an eighth win in 10 games Tuesday night against a Heat team that’s been nearly unbeatable at home.
The Celtics (32-24) have used a 7-2 run to climb into first place in the Atlantic Division, with the most notable of those wins coming 91-72 over Miami (40-15) on April 1. Rajon Rondo posted 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for Boston, which limited the Heat to a season-worst 34.8 percent shooting and their lowest scoring output of 2011-12.
“We’ll be better prepared,” LeBron James said. “They beat us. They dominated us in that game. But we’ll be better prepared.”
The Celtics followed that victory with back-to-back losses to San Antonio and Chicago before winning 86-72 at Indiana on Saturday and 103-79 over division-rival Philadelphia the following night.
“We know what’s at stake,” forward Paul Pierce said. “A fourth seed, maybe a third.”
The Celtics own a three-game division lead over New York and Philadelphia and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
“This team is taking it to another level. They make you look bad. Did it to Miami last Sunday, did it to Indiana and now they did it to us,” said 76ers coach Doug Collins, whose team was limited to 38.2 percent shooting.