Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat, 92-85

The Celtics hardly panicked last night when Michael Beasley scored 11 straight points for Miami to begin the fourth quarter, putting Boston in a 4-point hole.

Beasley, a fierce 20-year-old, used brute strength along with a silky 3-point stroke to put the Heat ahead.

The Celtics withstood the charge and countered with precision, execution, and steady play down the stretch. Beasley didn’t score for the final 8:01 and the Heat didn’t record a field goal in the final 4:2...

Though Celtics coach Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce is having an MVP season, it is far too early in the season to make such projections, nor are Pierce’s statistics impressive enough to place him in serious consideration.

But as the Celtics begin a four-game road trip with a visit to Miami tonight, it is clear that Pierce is shooting better than ever.

He is hitting 51.5 percent from the field, 46.3 percent on 3-pointers, and 84.9 percent on free throws. His career bests...

Walker Allen is proving to be as tough as his father. The younger Allen, son of Celtics guard Ray Allen, was released from a Boston-area hospital yesterday after being admitted for nausea during Thanksgiving weekend.

Walker, 2, suffers from childhood diabetes and took ill Thanksgiving night, when he began vomiting. Ray Allen said Walker was taken to the hospital and then returned home, only to suffer more nausea and a lowering of blood sugar.

Ray Allen missed practic...