Boston led, 46-43, at halftime and stretched that to 70-55 with 3 minutes 36 seconds left in the third quarter. By that point, the Celtics had made 9 of their 10 field-goal attempts in the period and the Magic just 4 of 18.
“If we’re going to come in on the road and play the Boston Celtics, you’ve got to have guys playing at a very high level,” Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t have a single perimeter guy have a good game.”
Paul Pierce added 18 points and had 16 for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics, who improved to 23-4 at home. had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, which lost for the fifth time in eight games.
“The and Boston are rolling right now,” Howard said of the top teams in the East. “We’ve got things we’ve got to work on.”
The Magic, which entered the game having taken and made more 3-pointers than any other team, made just 3 of 24 shots from 3-point range. Over all, it took 30 more field-goal attempts than the Celtics but made just 2 more.
“If their 3-point game is going, they’re going to be tough to beat,” Pierce said.
The Celtics backup guard Marquis Daniels left the court on a stretcher after he hurt his back in a collision with . He has a bruised spinal cord and is expected to be out at least a month.
HEAT 97, 79 Dwyane Wade had 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and as host Miami stretched its winning streak to six. Chris Bosh had 16 points, Eddie House scored 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and had 12 points for the Heat, which sealed the win with an 18-4 burst to open the fourth.
Blake Griffin had his 42nd double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which is 3-17 away from home. The Clippers shot 32.5 percent in a game that ended around brunch time in Los Angeles — 11:42 a.m. Pacific time.
Miami led by 16 early, held a 15-point lead in the third, but was ahead by only 9 early in the fourth quarter. Consecutive jumpers by House, the last a 3-pointer, quickly pushed the margin to 75-61, and the Clippers went on to miss their first 10 shots of the quarter.
105, NETS 86 Visiting Indiana remained unbeaten in four games under the interim coach Frank Vogel. Mike Dunleavy, who had 17 points, made a 3-pointer to ignite an early 10-point run that put the Pacers ahead for good.
Devin Harris had 13 points and 7 assists and Brook Lopez added 13 points for , who have lost three in a row.
HASLEM MAKING PROGRESS Heat forward Udonis Haslem said the walking boot protecting his surgically repaired left foot should be gone Tuesday. He said he hoped to return in March.