Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat, 92-91

Paul Pierce is the latest Celtic to cause concern because of an injury.

Pierce, who averages a team-best 21.5 points per game, was a game-time decision last night because of a back strain, and scored the winning hoop in Boston's 92-91 decision over the Heat.

The five-time All-Star was injured in Wednesday's win over New Jersey, and didn't participate in yesterday's shootaround. Pierce, however, gutted it out for 30 minutes but struggled offensively, making 5 of 12 sh...

When Udonis Haslem knocked down a free throw with 33.5 seconds left in last night's Celtics-Miami game, it gave the Heat a 91-90 lead. Haslem then missed the next one and, 33.5 seconds later, after a Paul Pierce layup, the Celtics were walking off the TD Banknorth Garden parquet with yet another win. Eight for eight.

But this one was different. For only the second time all season, the Celtics trailed in the second half. And on both occasions, the deficit was 1 point. Th...

Although it was on life support last night, the Celtics' undefeated start is alive.
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After blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead, the Celtics pushed their record to 8-0 with a 92-91 victory over the Miami Heat at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston's start is its best since the 1972-73 team opened with 10 straight wins. The franchise record is 14-0 by the 1957-58 edition.

"We are nowhere near where we want to be," said Paul Pierce, who scored what tu...