Marcus Morris shoves teammate Jaylen Brown during heated argument

Recap Celtics travel to Miami to suffer humiliating beatdown should consider picking up some antibiotics

Leading up the Thursday's game against the Miami Heat, Celtics point guard Terry Rozier had circled January 10 on his calendar.

Justise Winslow, Miami's recently converted point guard, added 13 points and 11 assists, a game high and career high. Miami had 33 assists on 45 field goals.

Irving had 12 points, but there were three other Celtics who scored over 20, and four, including Kyrie who had more than 10.

The up-and-down game seemed to take a toll on two Celtics players, as Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown were seen arguing in front of the team's bench at one point during a stoppage in play.

Through all the turmoil and good moments, the Celtics will need a better second half of the season if they wish to make a push for the top-four seeds and potentially land home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They trailed for 4:14 in the first quarter alone Thursday, and that set the tone for the game. And an 11-3 run to start the third quarter pushed the lead to 72-46.

Boston scored the next 16 points, with Tatum getting six of them and the Celtics were right back in the game. "Even when he was in college, just me reaching out to him, seeing how he was doing, etcetera, etcetera..."

While Wade stole the show, other players contributed to the team's success. The Celtics had scored at least 50 points in 18 of their last 19 halves entering Thursday.

Boston and Miami didn't play each other in 2018 - the last meeting between the clubs, before Thursday, came on December 20, 2017.

But the Celtics bench was thoroughly out-played. Boston blew out the Pacers 135-108, and after the game, head coach Brad Stevens attributed the team's play as of late to the last game they lost. It'll be the 41st game - the midpoint - of Miami's season.



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