A subdued Miami edged past Boston Celtics in Florida Tuesday, with LeBron James picking up eight crucial points late in the fourth, before admitting post-game that his team need to improve on defense.
The Miami Heat players were honored by the First Lady recently, and James admitted she has 'swag', but today it was more about business for LeBron & Co as they looked to get back to winning ways.
Joel Anthony returned to Miami for the first time since the dramatic three-team trade last week, which saw him traded to Boston after eight years with the Heat.
The Heat were aiming to build some Championship habits, and they definitely showed their capabilities in the first quarter, with a spell that saw them go 17-2 over the Celtics.
This helped the hosts build a strong 29-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second Boston worked hard and pulled back into the game with a 15-2 spell that saw them close the gap. From there the lacklustre Heat play started to set in, as the Celtics looked to win their first on the road in ten.
The Heat continued to play dangerously with the underdog, as the Celtics' Kris Humphreys tied the ball game with 5:15 left in the fourth at 82 each, with an epic swinging on the basket dunk.
LeBron missed a reverse slam dunk and then turned over the ball, before Humphreys gave the Celtics a brief lead.
James then inspired a turn of events as he drew two fouls late on to give the Heat a comfortable late unassailable lead with 8 out of 10 points for Miami.
After the game he told Fox Sports, "She [First Lady] got hops, and she got swag after it too," said James.
"We played some good offense. We are a good team at the moment, but we're not a great team right now, so we have to show up defensively at every game."
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