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NBA Highlights: Celtics start fast, finish strong in 109-101 win in Miami

NBA Highlights: Celtics start fast, finish strong in 109-101 win in Miami

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 109, Heat 101

IN BRIEF: Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown added 25 as the Celtics, without an injured Jayson Tatum, came into Miami and handed the Heat only their third home loss of the season, 109-101. BOX SCORE

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CELTICS RECORD: 31-15

HIGHLIGHTS

COACHES, PLAYERS WEARING KOBE SHOES IN TRIBUTE:

JAYLEN 3 GETS C'S OFF TO FAST START:

OJELEYE WITH THE HOOP AND THE HARM:

KEMBA STRONG TO THE HOOP:

ANOTHER JAYLEN HOOP FUELS 3RD-QUARTER RUN:

SMART-TO-HAYWARD:

WANAMAKER 3 HAS C'S UP GOING TO 4TH:

A BIG 3 FROM KEMBA LATE:

 

UP NEXT:
Vs. Golden State Warriors, Thursday, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Boston 
Vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., ABC 
@Atlanta Hawks, Monday, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston
 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Warriors-Celtics, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Larry Bird was one of the most talented players in NBA history.

But he was also tough as nails.

Exhibit A: Game 5 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on May, 5, 1991, which NBC Sports Boston will re-air Wednesday night as part of our "Classic Celtics" series.

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Bird suffered a nasty head injury late in the second half of the winner-take-all Game 5, and Celtics fans feared he was done for the game.

The 34-year-old C's legend triumphantly returned in the second half, though -- much to the delight of the raucous Boston Garden crowd -- and incredibly finished with a team-high 32 points to help the Celtics defeat a talented Pacers team 124-121 and win the series, 3-2.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Pacers Game 5 begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will feature additional commentary from Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, an Indiana native who grew up rooting for the Pacers.

Here's how to watch:

When: Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best small forwards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

The crazy thing about the small forward position for the Boston Celtics is that the team has enjoyed such sustained longevity at the position that it’s actually a bit challenging to make a Top 10 list.

Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Paul Pierce combined for 44 seasons (and 12 titles) in green, which makes it a tough for anyone else who played in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 2000s to state a case for inclusion alongside some of the biggest names in franchise history.

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While those three clearly occupy the top spots on our list, the current iteration of the C's are also well represented, led by a pair of young stars on the rise who could continue to ascend on this list in the coming years.

Here’s what we came up with for Boston’s top 10 small forwards in franchise history.

Click here for the gallery.