Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat, 117-87

MIAMI - The Celtics went back to being "Paul Pierce and the Celtics" instead of the Big Three for last night's 117-87 win over the Heat.

Star guard Ray Allen missed the game with the flu. Star forward Kevin Garnett missed his second straight game with an abdominal strain. The Celtics are so battered physically that they will skip practice today for the second time in a week in order to heal.

Allen felt so poorly that he didn't attend shootaround and went to a local h...

MIAMI - Maybe Paul Pierce should have taken the night off, too, just for kicks.

Without Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics blew out the Heat, 117-87, last night at American Airlines Arena. While the Celtics are known for having the "Big Three," on this night they had a surprising big scoring foursome in Rajon Rondo (23), Tony Allen (20), Leon Powe (25), and Eddie House (20), who combined for 88 points.

"To have 117 points when Paul Pierce only had 7 and Kevin G...