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November 7, 2013

Green's 3 lifts Celts to last-second win over Heat

MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Green hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Boston Celtics to a 111-110 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Gerald Wallace’s pass found Green in the right corner, where he unleashed a shot over the outstretched hands of LeBron James. The shot was confirmed after a video review, giving the Celtics their third consecutive win.

Wallace hit a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to get Boston within 110-108 and fouled Dwayne Wade with 0.6 seconds remaining. Wade missed the first free throw and deliberately bounced the second attempt off the backboard.

Green finished with 24 points and was 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. Avery Bradley scored 17 points and Jordan Crawford added 15 for the Celtics.

James led Miami with 25 points and 10 assists. Chris Bosh had 20 points and Wade finished with 18.

James converted two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining to give the Heat 110-106 lead.

The Celtics had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Kelly Olynyk missed a bank shot with 6.9 seconds remaining. James grabbed the rebound, dribbled toward the Heat’s end and was fouled by Olynyk.

James’ jumper with 1:39 remaining gave the Heat a 108-104 lead. Bradley cut the deficit to 108-106 with his jumper with 38.4 left.

The Heat could not increase the lead after Wallace grabbed Bosh’s missed 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining.

The Celtics opened the second half on a 5-0 run capped by Brandon Bass’ jumper to take a 65-59 lead 1:27 into the third quarter.

Miami responded with 7-0 burst fueled by two layups from Bosh.

After trading leads early in the first quarter, the Celtics retook the lead as they outscored the Heat 15-8 in the first 3:23 of the second period. Green’s 3-point play with 8:37 left ended the spurt for a 40-39 Celtics advantage.

Crawford’s 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Boston a 60-59 lead at halftime. Crawford was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half and the Celtics were 5 of 9 from behind the arc in the first two quarters.

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