Heat Fail to Overcome Early Deficit in Loss to Celtics

The Heat fell behind big early and were unable to complete a full comeback on Sunday

The Miami Heat dug too big of a hole early in their 105-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Boston opened an 18-point lead after only one quarter of play and led by 17 at the half. Miami cut into the lead with an 11-point advantage in the third quarter, but gave some of that back in the fourth. In the end, this was Miami's 19th loss of the season and the tenth at home for the team.

Goran Dragic had another huge night with 31 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Dragic was 5-6 on his three-poiint tries and 12-21 overall from the field. The guard has had several big games as of late, but is failing to find much help around him.

Hassan Whiteside was also tremendous in the loss with another double-double. Whiteside had 23 points and 17 rebounds to go along with three blocks. The center was an offensive and defensive machine all game long during a team-high 38 minutes.

Outside of Dragic and Whiteside, Miami had a relatively quiet day. The next highest point total came from Josh McRoberts and Justise Winslow with eight points each. Winslow was hit with an elbow towards the end of regulation that required stitches to the face. The forward is expected to be ready for Miami's next game.

Two games remain on the homestand for Miami and the next will come on Tuesday against the Orlando Magic.

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