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Hayward scores 25, Celtics top Heat 112-102

MIAMI (AP) Gordon Hayward is playing his best basketball of the year, and his timing could not be better for the Boston Celtics.

Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112-102 on Wednesday night to hang on to the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It was the sixth consecutive double-figure scoring game for Hayward, his longest such streak of the season.

''Everyone made big-time plays for us,'' Hayward said. ''We want to be playing the best we can be going into the playoffs.''

Hayward had 15 of his 25 points after halftime, made 12 of 13 shots from the foul line and added eight rebounds and five assists. Al Horford scored 21 and Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who went on a 10-2 run over a decisive three-minute late stretch to turn a two-point lead into a 10-point edge.

''Guys did a good job on both ends,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Aron Baynes had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which remained tied with Indiana for the fourth-best record in the East. Those teams meet in Indianapolis on Friday, with the winner getting the No. 4 spot in the conference with two games left.

Dion Waiters scored 21 points for Miami, which was potentially playing the next-to-last home game of Dwyane Wade's career. Hassan Whiteside came off the bench to finish with 18 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, and Wade scored 17 for the Heat.

''Kind of like a playoffs kind of game,'' Wade said. ''It was a good basketball game. They held us at bay. Every time we tried to make a run and get close, they made something happen.''

Detroit and Brooklyn also lost on Wednesday, meaning the race for the No. 6 spot in the East is even more muddled than it was entering the night. Detroit is sixth at 39-39, Brooklyn and Orlando (which beat New York) are 39-40, and the Heat fell to ninth at 38-40 - a half-game out of eighth, a game out of sixth, but running out of time.

It could be a doubly costly loss for Miami. Josh Richardson returned from a three-game absence with a sore heel, and left early in the third quarter with a leg injury. He'll get an MRI on Thursday and the Heat are concerned.

''They got us into some tough looks and when we were open, we missed some of those,'' said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team shot 41 percent and went only 12 for 20 from the foul line. ''It was a combination of everything. You have to credit their defense.''

Boston led for the overwhelming majority of the first three quarters - the Heat led for 5:36 of those 36 minutes, yet the Celtics never really seemed in full control of the game until the final moments.

Little spurts were enough. Goran Dragic tied the game for the sixth time with a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter, and Boston scored the next six to go up 89-83 with 8:55 remaining. The Celtics held the lead the rest of the way.

''I think we're doing a great job right now just being patient, taking the shots that are afforded and being aggressive,'' Irving said.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston, which jumped out to a 17-2 lead over Miami on Monday, started this game on a 9-0 run. ... Jaylen Brown missed his second consecutive game with back spasms, and Marcus Morris was out with a sore left knee. ... Irving has now played in 11 games at Miami; his Cleveland teams went 0-7 on the Heat home floor, and his Celtics teams are now 2-2.

Heat: Justise Winslow (thigh, nine games missed) and Rodney McGruder (knee, eight games) returned from injuries. ... Miami has now used 26 starting lineups this season. ... Heat legend Chris Bosh sat courtside.

SPECIAL ANTHEM

The national anthem was performed pregame using ''The Instrument of Hope,'' a trumpet made from bullet casings - a project by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The trumpet has been on tour for the past several weeks, part of the students at the Parkland, Florida, school's quest to continue the conversation about gun violence.

WADE AT HOME

Wade played for the 574th time at home in a Heat uniform. He's assured of only one more game in Miami - the Heat close their home regular-season schedule on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Indiana on Friday.

Heat: Visit Minnesota on Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:20 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 2-0
11:07   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
11:02   Bad pass turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by Marcus Smart  
11:00 +2 Marcus Smart made floating jump shot 4-0
11:00   Violation  
10:49   Lost ball turnover on Goran Dragic, stolen by Marcus Smart  
10:38 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 6-0
10:24   Dion Waiters missed driving layup  
10:19   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Josh Richardson  
10:12   Dion Waiters missed reverse layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
10:12   MIA team rebound  
10:01 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 9-0
9:42 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 9-3
9:22   Al Horford missed driving layup, blocked by Kelly Olynyk  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
9:08   Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:54   Jayson Tatum missed driving layup  
8:51   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:37 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Goran Dragic 11-6
8:22   Shooting foul on Kelly Olynyk  
8:22 +1 Aron Baynes made 1st of 2 free throws 12-6
8:22 +1 Aron Baynes made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-6
8:06 +3 Goran Dragic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dion Waiters 13-9
7:49 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 16-9
7:39   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
7:28   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
7:28   Kelly Olynyk missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:11 +2 Aron Baynes made jump shot 18-10
7:11 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 18-10
7:00   Offensive rebound by Goran Dragic  
6:58 +2 Goran Dragic made dunk 18-12
6:39   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Goran Dragic  
6:26 +2 Josh Richardson made jump shot, assist by Goran Dragic 18-14
5:56   Goran Dragic missed layup, blocked by Jayson Tatum  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
5:53   Traveling violation turnover on Al Horford  
5:41   Bam Adebayo missed hook shot  
5:41   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
5:41 +1 Bam Adebayo made 1st of 2 free throws 18-15
5:41 +1 Bam Adebayo made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-16
5:29 +2 Marcus Smart made hook shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 20-16
5:13   Bad pass turnover on Bam Adebayo, stolen by Marcus Smart  
5:04   Marcus Smart missed jump shot  
5:01   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
4:50   Lost ball turnover on Justise Winslow, stolen by Aron Baynes  
4:36 +2 Semi Ojeleye made jump shot 22-16
4:21   Shooting foul on Gordon Hayward  
4:09 +3 Gordon Hayward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 25-18
3:55   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
3:41   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
3:32 +2 Dwyane Wade made jump shot 25-22
3:32   Full timeout called  
2:57   Justise Winslow missed layup  
2:46   Al Horford missed jump shot  
2:44   Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
2:11 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 27-25
1:52   Offensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
1:49 +2 Hassan Whiteside made hook shot 27-27
1:24 +2 Dion Waiters made driving layup 27-29
0:51   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
0:51   Hassan Whiteside missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
0:39   Shooting foul on Hassan Whiteside  
0:39 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-29
0:27   Dwyane Wade missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:25   Offensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
0:22 +2 Josh Richardson made jump shot, assist by Dwyane Wade 29-31
0:01   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:39   Brad Wanamaker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Josh Richardson  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:10 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving dunk, assist by Terry Rozier 31-31
10:54   Offensive foul on Hassan Whiteside  
10:44   Out of bounds turnover on Jayson Tatum  
10:29 +2 Dwyane Wade made layup, assist by Justise Winslow 31-33
10:23   Personal foul on Josh Richardson  
10:15   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
10:09   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
9:57   Bad pass turnover on Justise Winslow, stolen by Al Horford  
9:55   Personal foul on Josh Richardson  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
9:30   MIA team rebound  
9:30 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-34
8:57 +2 Al Horford made fade-away jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 33-34
8:41   Out of bounds turnover on Dwyane Wade  
8:28   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Rodney McGruder  
8:16   Personal foul on Gordon Hayward  
8:10   Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:07   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
7:57 +2 Al Horford made hook shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 35-34
7:42   Kelly Olynyk missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:42   BOS team rebound  
7:25   Personal foul  
7:25 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 36-34
7:25 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-34
7:00   Rodney McGruder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:58   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:52 +2 Jayson Tatum made running Jump Shot 39-34
6:39   Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:35   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:32   Personal foul on Bam Adebayo  
6:23   Lost ball turnover on Aron Baynes, stolen by Rodney McGruder  
6:19 +2 Bam Adebayo made layup, assist by Goran Dragic 39-36
6:01 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 41-36
5:41   MIA team rebound  
5:33   Dion Waiters missed floating jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:18 +3 Dion Waiters made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Goran Dragic 41-39
4:33   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
4:22 +3 Gordon Hayward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 44-41
4:00   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
4:00   Personal foul on Goran Dragic  
4:00 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 45-41
4:00 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-41
3:45 +2 Bam Adebayo made alley-oop shot, assist by Justise Winslow 46-43
3:26 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 48-43
3:01   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
2:56   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
2:51   Defensive rebound by Dion Waiters  
2:43   Dion Waiters missed driving layup, blocked by Gordon Hayward  
2:43   MIA team rebound  
2:36 +2 Justise Winslow made jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 48-45
2:10   Offensive foul on Marcus Smart  
2:10   Offensive foul on Marcus Smart  
1:53   Out of bounds turnover on Rodney McGruder  
1:36 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 50-45
1:23   Bad pass turnover on Dwyane Wade, stolen by Kyrie Irving  
1:19   Shooting foul on Justise Winslow  
1:19   Marcus Smart missed 1st of 3 free throws  
1:19 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 3 free throws 51-45
1:04   Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:02   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
0:58   Shooting foul on Dion Waiters  
0:58   Jayson Tatum missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:58   BOS team rebound  
0:48   Dwyane Wade missed jump shot  
0:43   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
0:43   Bam Adebayo missed dunk  
0:41   Offensive rebound by Rodney McGruder  
0:40   Offensive rebound by Dwyane Wade  
0:40   Shooting foul on Marcus Smart  
0:40   Dwyane Wade missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:40 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-46
0:32   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
0:15 +3 Dwyane Wade made 3-pt. jump shot 53-49
0:00   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:43   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
11:32   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
11:16   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
11:08   Personal foul on Bam Adebayo  
11:01 +2 Marcus Smart made finger-roll layup 55-51
10:54   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:31   Bad pass turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Bam Adebayo  
10:13 +2 Dion Waiters made running Jump Shot 55-53
9:40   Bad pass turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Josh Richardson  
9:20 +3 Kelly Olynyk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 55-56
9:07 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 58-56
9:01 +3 Josh Richardson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bam Adebayo 58-59
8:54   Out of bounds turnover on Jayson Tatum  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
8:29 +2 Kyrie Irving made layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 60-59
8:05 +2 Aron Baynes made layup, assist by Al Horford 62-61
8:05   Violation  
7:49   3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:33 +2 Al Horford made layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 64-61
6:57 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 67-63
6:25   Goran Dragic missed floating jump shot, blocked by Al Horford  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:19   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
6:19   Shooting foul on Dwyane Wade  
6:19 +1 Kyrie Irving made free throw 68-63
6:19 +1 Aron Baynes made 1st of 2 free throws 69-63
6:19 +1 Aron Baynes made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-63
6:15   Personal foul on Gordon Hayward  
6:05 +2 Dion Waiters made driving layup, assist by Bam Adebayo 70-65
5:55   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:53   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
5:39   Dwyane Wade missed reverse layup  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye  
5:24 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 72-65
5:09   Bam Adebayo missed reverse layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
5:06   Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
5:04   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
5:04 +1 Dwyane Wade made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-67
4:38   jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
4:20 +3 Dwyane Wade made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dion Waiters 72-70
4:07   Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo  
3:52   Dwyane Wade missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:42   Gordon Hayward missed fade-away jump shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk  
3:23   Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
3:19   Shooting foul on Dion Waiters  
3:19 +1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 73-70
3:19 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-70
3:02 +2 Hassan Whiteside made dunk, assist by Dwyane Wade 74-72
2:48   Shooting foul on Dwyane Wade  
2:48 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 75-72
2:38   Traveling violation turnover on Dwyane Wade  
2:24   Kyrie Irving missed floating jump shot  
2:19   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
2:19   Dwyane Wade missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:05   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:05 +1 Gordon Hayward made free throw 77-73
1:54   Daniel Theis missed jump shot  
1:46   Dwyane Wade missed driving layup  
1:46   Offensive rebound by Hassan Whiteside  
1:46 +2 Hassan Whiteside made jump shot 77-75
1:27 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Daniel Theis 80-75
1:09   Personal foul on Kelly Olynyk  
1:09   Gordon Hayward missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:09   BOS team rebound  
1:09 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 81-75
0:56 +2 Dwyane Wade made jump shot 81-77
0:40 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot, assist by Brad Wanamaker 83-77
0:30   Dion Waiters missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:29 +2 Hassan Whiteside made dunk 83-79
0:10   Al Horford missed turnaround jump shot  
0:01 +2 Hassan Whiteside made layup, assist by Dion Waiters 83-81
0:00   End of period  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Shooting foul on Daniel Theis  
11:48 +1 Goran Dragic made 1st of 2 free throws 83-82
11:48 +1 Goran Dragic made 2nd of 2 free throws 83-83
11:26   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by James Johnson  
11:19   Out of bounds turnover on Dion Waiters  
10:58 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 85-83
10:39   James Johnson missed fade-away jump shot  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:28 +2 Gordon Hayward made layup, assist by Al Horford 87-83
10:14   Justise Winslow missed driving layup  
10:14   Personal foul on Brad Wanamaker  
10:07   Offensive foul on James Johnson  
10:07   Offensive foul on James Johnson  
9:53   Terry Rozier missed floating jump shot  
9:51