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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Heat

02.03.10 at 10:57 pm ET

Without Paul Pierce in the lineup, the question facing the Celtics Wednesday night was, “Who will stop Dwyane Wade?” By the end of the game, the biggest question was, “Why couldn’t the Heat stop Rajon Rondo?”

Rondo recorded yet another double-double with 22 points and 14 assists. His efforts, combined with 23 points from Ray Allen, 14 from Kevin Garnett, and 13 from Kendrick Perkins, were enough to overshadow Wade’s 30-point, 13-assist performance.

The Celtics beat the Heat, 107-102, to improve to 31-16.

Player of the Game: With the Celtics without their leading scorer, Eddie House stepped up off the bench to score 16 points. House contributed one of his best overall performances of the season — 5-for-9 from the field, 2-for-4 on threes, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. This spark helped fill the void left by Pierce.

Turning Point: After the Celtics saw their 1o-point lead shrink to 2, House scored five quick points to reclaim control of the game.

‘€¢With less than 40 seconds to go and the Celtics leading 97-94, Tony Allen stole the ball from Wade and drew a foul on the fast break. This put him at the line to push the Celtics lead up to five points and ice the win.

‘€¢The Celtics improved to 3-3 without Pierce this season.

‘€¢Both teams shot well in this game. The Celtics shot 49 percent while the Heat were consistent for 52 percent.

‘€¢None of the Heat starters grabbed more than five boards. Udonis Haslem lead them with 8 off the bench. The Celtics outrebounded them 41-31. Both teams scored 44 points in the paint.

‘€¢The C’s lead the regular season series with the Heat, 3-1.

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