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Kyrie Irving's late flurry helps Celtics top Heat, 96-90

MIAMI (AP) Kyrie Irving has done a lot of things in Miami: relaxation, offseason workouts, even the filming of an ''Uncle Drew'' commercial.

Something he hadn't done there? Win.

He's now crossed that off the list as well.

Irving took over down the stretch, scoring nine of his 24 points in the final 2:03 and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to four games after holding on late to beat the Heat 96-90 on Saturday night.

It was Irving's eighth time playing at Miami, and the first time he walked off the Heat home floor a winner.

''Just big possessions down the stretch (and) understanding you have to stay poised,'' Irving said. ''It's unwavering in those situations like that. Winning time - so it's pretty simple.''

Jayson Tatum scored 20 and Marcus Smart added 16 for the Celtics, who beat Miami for the eighth consecutive time. And afterward, Tatum marveled at Irving's closing flurry.

''It was weird because I've seen it on TV so many times,'' Tatum said. ''And I just saw it in person. I liked it.''

Goran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami, which got 16 apiece from Josh Richardson and James Johnson. Former Boston forward Kelly Olynyk had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who were 7 for 31 from 3-point range.

At 2-3, and mindful of how last season's 11-30 start cost Miami a playoff spot, the Heat already sound anxious to get things fixed.

''I don't want to have a season like last year, when it's late and we figure out things,'' Dragic said. ''We've got to do it now, because it's important.''

Miami was down 11 going into the fourth, then got within two on a pair of occasions late - when Irving got rolling.

He hit a short floater to put Boston up 88-84, and after Dragic scored to cut the Celtics' lead to two again, Irving pulled off one of his acrobatic reverse layups to restore the four-point edge.

And on a possession extended by a Boston offensive rebound, Irving's 3-pointer with 57 seconds left made the margin 93-86.

''That's what he is,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''He's a great closer in this game.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston has won five straight in Miami, matching the longest such streak in franchise history. ... The Celtics aren't sure if Marcus Morris (sore left knee) will be able to play when they return home Monday, but coach Brad Stevens thinks Morris will be ready sometime in the coming week. Morris has already missed as many games this season - six - as he did in the previous four seasons combined.

Heat: C Hassan Whiteside (bruised left knee) missed his fourth consecutive game, and the Heat still aren't sure when he'll return. ... Miami had what became a five-point possession late in the second quarter, when Richardson made two free throws after a Flagrant-1 on Al Horford - followed by a three-point play from James Johnson. ... Dion Waiters didn't play in the fourth quarter and scored only five points.

HELLO, AGAIN

Stevens keeps a close eye on former players, and Olynyk and Jordan Mickey - former Celtics now with the Heat - are no exception. ''I really root for everybody,'' Stevens said. Same goes for Spoelstra, who texted injured Celtics forward Gordon Hayward words of support after the All-Star's grotesque ankle injury in Cleveland in the season opener. Hayward considered signing with Miami as a free agent this past summer.

SCORING DROUGHT

Miami was held under 100 points for the first time this season. Boston outscored Miami 53-37 in the middle two quarters - holding the Heat to 39 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from 3-point range during that 24-minute span. But the big problems that Spoelstra was unhappy about postgame were Boston's edges in points off turnovers (21-13) and second-chance points (21-9).

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host San Antonio on Monday, looking to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Heat: Host Minnesota on Monday, the fifth game in this six-game homestand.

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Key Players
K. Irving
11 G
G. Dragic
7 G
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
41.6 Field Goal % 50.6
39.8 Three Point % 47.1
91.7 Free Throw % 81.3
  Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum 0:02
  Goran Dragic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk 0:08
  Al Horford missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on James Johnson 0:10
+ 2 James Johnson made finger-roll layup 0:12
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Goran Dragic 0:21
  Offensive rebound by Marcus Smart 0:25
Team Stats
Points 96 90
Field Goals 34-81 (42.0%) 34-79 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 7-31 (22.6%)
Free Throws 22-26 (84.6%) 15-16 (93.8%)
Total Rebounds 48 49
Offensive 11 6
Defensive 30 34
Team 7 9
Assists 15 17
Steals 11 6
Blocks 5 9
Turnovers 12 19
Fouls 15 23
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Celtics 4-2 2126272296
home team logo Heat 2-3 2619182790
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 4-2 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Heat 2-3 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
Key Players
K. Irving G 24.4 PPG 3.8 RPG 5.1 APG 49.1 FG%
G. Dragic G 17.3 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.8 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Irving G 24 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
G. Dragic G 22 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
42.0 FG% 43.0
26.1 3PT FG% 22.6
84.6 FT% 93.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 33 24 4 3 3 1 2 0 10/23 2/8 2/2 0 4 36 +4
J. Tatum 31 20 5 0 0 0 0 1 6/9 2/2 6/7 2 3 25 +2
A. Horford 34 12 9 3 1 0 2 1 3/9 0/2 6/7 1 8 26 +5
A. Baynes 24 6 5 1 1 4 1 2 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 3 17 +7
J. Brown 31 6 5 1 0 0 4 2 1/7 0/2 4/6 1 4 9 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Irving 33 24 4 3 3 1 2 0 10/23 2/8 2/2 0 4 36 +4
J. Tatum 31 20 5 0 0 0 0 1 6/9 2/2 6/7 2 3 25 +2
A. Horford 34 12 9 3 1 0 2 1 3/9 0/2 6/7 1 8 26 +5
A. Baynes 24 6 5 1 1 4 1 2 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 3 17 +7
J. Brown 31 6 5 1 0 0 4 2 1/7 0/2 4/6 1 4 9 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Smart 26 16 4 4 2 0 2 1 6/12 2/6 2/2 2 2 28 -2
D. Theis 15 8 4 0 1 0 1 4 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 1 12 -3
T. Rozier 25 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 4 9 -1
S. Larkin 10 0 1 3 1 0 0 2 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 8 +9
S. Ojeleye 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -7
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 41 15 11 5 12 15 34/81 6/23 22/26 11 30 171 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 36 22 3 4 0 1 2 3 9/15 1/4 3/3 0 3 32 -8
J. Johnson 32 16 5 2 1 0 3 3 7/14 1/5 1/1 0 5 23 -8
J. Richardson 35 16 0 3 0 1 6 4 6/11 2/5 2/2 0 0 17 +3
B. Adebayo 24 6 3 0 1 1 1 3 2/4 0/0 2/2 1 2 10 -11
D. Waiters 24 5 5 2 1 0 2 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 5 13 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 36 22 3 4 0 1 2 3 9/15 1/4 3/3 0 3 32 -8
J. Johnson 32 16 5 2 1 0 3 3 7/14 1/5 1/1 0 5 23 -8
J. Richardson 35 16 0 3 0 1 6 4 6/11 2/5 2/2 0 0 17 +3
B. Adebayo 24 6 3 0 1 1 1 3 2/4 0/0 2/2 1 2 10 -11
D. Waiters 24 5 5 2 1 0 2 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 5 13 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Olynyk 23 14 9 1 1 3 4 1 3/7 1/3 7/8 2 7 25 +5
J. Winslow 23 6 12 3 1 2 1 4 3/7 0/1 0/0 3 9 26 +3
W. Ellington 17 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/7 1/6 0/0 0 1 4 -10
T. Johnson 22 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 2 10 +1
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 90 40 17 6 9 19 23 34/79 7/31 15/16 6 34 160 -30