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Celtics Heat Game 1 – NBC Boston

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The top-seeded Celtics swept the Miami Heat in Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series on Sunday, winning 114-94 at TD Garden.

The Eastern Conference rivals will return to action on Wednesday night for Game 2, as the Celtics look to avenge last year’s playoff loss to the Heat in their quest to reach Banner 18.

This story is being updated, an earlier game preview below

Miami Heat (46-36, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (64-18, first in the Eastern Conference)

In short:

The Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat to begin the first round of the Eastern Conference. Boston fell 3-0 to Miami during the regular season. The Celtics won the final matchup of the regular season 110-106 on February 11. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 26 points, and Tyler Herro led the Heat with 24 points.

The Celtics are 41-11 in Eastern Conference play. Boston leads the Eastern Conference with 46.3 rebounds per game, led by Tatum with an average of 8.1.

The Heat are 32-20 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is 8-4 in games decided by fewer than 4 points.

The 120.6 points per game the Celtics score is 12.2 more points than the Heat allow (108.4). The Heat averaged 110.1 points per game, 0.9 more than the 109.2 the Celtics allowed their opponents.

TOP PERFORMERS:

Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard is averaging 15.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 54.7% over his past ten games.

Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Herro is averaging 12.6 points over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES:

Celtics: 7-3, averaging 116.7 points, 45.7 rebounds, 29.0 assists, 8.1 steals and 7.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.8 points per game.

Heat: 7-3, averaging 116.1 points, 43.8 rebounds, 27.6 assists, 8.3 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.6 points.

INJURIES:

Celtics: Jrue Holiday: day-to-day (knee), Derrick White: day-to-day (ankle), Jayson Tatum: day-to-day (rest), Al Horford: day-to-day (rest), Jaylen Brown: from day to day (rest ), Kristaps Porzingis: daily (rest), Luke Kornet: off (calf).

Heat: Terry Rozier: out (neck), Josh Richardson: season out (shoulder), Jimmy Butler: out (mcl).