Celtics

Celtics

BOSTON -- Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 115-99 loss to the Miami Heat.

STARS

Kyrie Irving: There wasn’t much to like about the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. But the play of Kyrie Irving was certainly one of the more positive aspects of what was an otherwise bad game. Irving had 22 points along with five rebounds and five assists.

Dwyane Wade: You can add Thursday’s game to the long list of impressive performances by Wade in what he has said will be his final NBA season. Coming off the bench, Wade had 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field.

STUDS

Marcus Smart: Similar to Williams, Smart had it going from 3-point range for Boston along with some impressive plays at the rim which included him blocking an attempted dunk by Bam Adebayo. He would finish the night with 18 points which included four 3-pointers.

James Johnson: A powerful dunk in the first half was just one of the many highlight plays made early by Johnson to help the Heat take control of the game. Johnson tallied 12 points and five rebounds to go along with three assists.

Robert Williams III: He only had two points and 4 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot, but the Celtics’ third-quarter comeback was fueled by his play. During his third quarter stint, Williams played seven minutes while having a plus/minus of +15.

Josh Richardson: You can count Richardson among the hot-handed shooters for the Heat, as Richardson scored 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting to go with six assists.

Marcus Morris: Mr. Consistency was at it again, scoring 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting to go with five rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocked shots.

DUDS

Celtics defense: There was no resistance or toughness on the part of Boston’s defense, which allowed a poor-shooting Heat team to connect on a season-high 17 made 3-pointers.

Al Horford: This was a rough one for many Celtics players, including Al Horford. He scored just 2 points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field with four rebounds and three assists.

Celtics bench: After scoring 73 points last night, the Boston bench tallied just 23 points against the Heat, whose second unit had 60.

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