Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 2/7

Game 1: Wednesday, February 7th
Game 2: Friday, April 6th
Game 3: Monday, April 16th

Heat 91

(24-25, 11-15 away)

Celtics 79

(12-36, 4-20 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2007

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 17 27 26 2191
    BOS 27 13 18 2179

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Bos: A. Jefferson 13 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Heat hand Celtics franchise-record 16th straight loss

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Sixteen losses in a row. That's one for each of those shiny gold trophies the Boston Celtics have been lording over the rest of the NBA for all these years.

    When Will It End?
     Boston Celtics
    The Celtics lost their 16th straight game Wednesday. The good news in Boston? The NBA's all-time worst losing streak is still eight games from being touched. Here are the league's top losing streaks:
    Streak Team Season
    *24 Cavaliers March 1982-
    November 1982
    23 Grizzlies February 1996-
    April 1996
    23 Nuggets December 1997-January 1998
    *21 Pistons March 1980-
    October 1980
    *-- streak spanned two seasons
    The bad news? Six of the Celtics' next eight games are on the road, including a brutal five-game western swing. And if it gets that far, Boston's Feb. 28 game with the Knicks could be a streak buster. The Celtics' next nine games:
    Opp. Date Opp. W-L
    Nets Feb. 9 23-27
    @ Wolves Feb. 11 23-26
    Bucks Feb. 14 19-30
    @ Kings Feb. 20 20-26
    @ Suns Feb. 21 39-10
    @ Lakers Feb. 23 30-19
    @ Jazz Feb. 24 32-17
    @ Rockets Feb. 26 31-17
    Knicks Feb. 28 22-28

    The league's most decorated franchise, the Celtics extended their team-record losing streak to 16 games on Wednesday night with a 91-79 loss to the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and nine assists as Miami went on a 19-2 run to erase a 12-point first-quarter deficit and coast to its fifth consecutive victory.

    "That's a team who's very hungry to get a win, and the world champions come in and you expect nothing but the best from them early on. So they came out the way we expected," Wade said. "We just had to weather the storm."

    Shaquille O'Neal scored nine points while playing 25 minutes as he recovers from knee surgery. Jason Kapono scored 19 and Udonis Haslem had nine points and 10 rebounds for the defending champions, who pulled within a game of .500 for the first time since they were 3-3.

    Wade had six points and an assist during a 13-4 Miami spurt at the beginning of the third that made it 57-44. The Heat then started the fourth with a 14-3 run to blow it open.

    "We are defending champs, so we've got some talent. And if we get healthy and guys get together and get in decent shape, then we're a pretty good team," Heat coach Ron Rothstein said. "We didn't exactly beat them with our effort, we beat them with our talent."

    Al Jefferson had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Boston, which has not won since beating Memphis on Jan. 5. Now the Celtics and Grizzlies are fighting for the best spot in the draft lottery and a chance to draft Ohio State's Greg Oden or Texas' Kevin Durant.

    Ryan Gomes led Boston with 15 points. Wally Szczerbiak, who had already sprained both ankles this season, had 14 despite leaving the game with a sprained ankle.

    "I actually thought tonight was the first game Wally looked like he was getting his legs back. He made some shots, we were finding ways," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "So it's frustrating. It's tough."

    Already without Paul Pierce, Tony Allen and Theo Ratliff, the Celtics now face adding Szczerbiak to the injured list. The outside shooting specialist crumpled to the floor near the Boston bench with 3:26 left in the third quarter when he jumped to try to block a shot and landed on teammate Leon Powe's foot.

    "Step on your teammate's foot on the bench? What else can go wrong?" Szczerbiak said. "It's like, gee, it's one of those things. ... It's just frustrating, right when I was starting to feel better."

    Pierce was to remain at New England Baptist hospital overnight with an infected left elbow and isn't expected back until after the All-Star break. The Celtics are 2-22 without him.

    Game notes

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, at 6-foot-9 the tallest player in the NHL, posed for pictures with O'Neal before the game. ... The Celtics scored 27 points in the first quarter and 31 -- combined -- in the second and third. ... Wade was one assist short of matching his career high with his 16th double-double of the season. But he did manage to score at least 20 points in a franchise-record 16th straight game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 79
    FGM-FGA 34-66 (.515) 31-97 (.320)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 10-12 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 2-42 18-48
    Assists 21 22
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 9 4
    Fast Break Points 9 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 23 12

    Top Performers

    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Al Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 13
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1