Heat Top Celtics to Halt Home Skid

The Heat ended a five-game losing streak at home with their 100-84 win over the Celtics

The Miami Heat put an end to a five-game home skid on Sunday with a 100-84 win over the Boston Celtics.

The win for Miami was only its second in the last ten tries at American Airlines Arena. Overall on the year, the Heat are now 5-9 at home and 13-15 overall. 

The Heat were already playing with a depleted roster and things got tougher in this one. Dwyane Wade was unable to play due to a bruised knee. The injury is not considered serious however and Wade could possible even return for the team's next game.

With Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts and Wade unavailable, the Heat put out a vastly different starting lineup. The starting five featured Chris Andersen, Luol Deng, Shawne Williams, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers.

Despite not starting, James Ennis may have made the biggest impact. Ennis did most of his damage in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. The rookie had 16 points, eight rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

Chalmers did a great job in a rare start this year by distributing the ball to his teammates. The point guard had ten assists which easily led the team. Chalmers also added 11 points of his own in his 35 minutes.

Cole had 15 points and four assists of his own while playing a team-high 37 minutes. The guard was efficient with his 7-13 day and also added a block and four rebounds.

Deng also stepped up with 23 points in 36 minutes. The forward had three rebounds, an assist and two steals. With Deng on the court, Miami was +14 which tied for the biggest impact along with Cole and Chalmers.

Miami's homestand will continue on Tuesday when the Philadelphia 76ers visit at 7:30 p.m.

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