Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics, 101-92

MIAMI — The Heat weren’t thinking about the six straight losses to the Celtics this regular season and playoffs, just that one more would end their season if they didn’t figure out a way to break the pattern.

That way was Dwyane Wade’s 46 points, 20 more from Quentin Richardson, and 15 from Michael Beasley. And it was blowing another big lead to the Celtics, fighting to get it back, and holding on for a 101-92 win yesterday to avoid a series sweep.

“It would have bee...

MIAMI — It’s the shred of truth that becomes apparent every so often, reminding you that they’re men, not machines.

Ray Allen hadn’t missed three free throws in one game all year. In fact, he hadn’t missed three in one game in more than three years.

He’s as cerebral as it gets at the line. He plays games with himself at times. “You’re going to miss it,’’ he’ll say to himself, just to add pressure.

He had made 91.3 percent of his shots at the line this season. Befo...

MIAMI — At one point in yesterday’s Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Heat, the Celtics were averaging a turnover a minute.

Kevin Garnett threw one away. Rajon Rondo was whistled for traveling on a jab step. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen both had passes get away from them. Then Garnett was whistled for steps.

Five minutes, five turnovers.

The Celtics ended up with nine giveaways in the first quarter of what ended up a 101-92 loss.

They were try...