The Miami Heat avenged their disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks with a late win over Boston on Tuesday night, but they had to do it without the services of shooting guard Dwayne Wade.
LeBron James had 11 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh - the final member of the Heat's so-called 'big three' - poured in 16 as Erik Spoelstra's side overcame the Celtics 93-86 at American Airlines Arena.
However, nine-time All-Star Wade did not take the court once again as Miami look to avoid complications with his knees and preserve his energy for what is likely to be another deep run into the post-season for the reigning NBA champions.
Wade, who also sat out the Heat's dramatic overtime win in Charlotte on Saturday and the disappointing loss at Atlanta's Phillips Arena on Monday evening, has missed 12 games in total so far this season as the Heat have gone 30-12.
"It's just part of the process," head coach Spoelstra said of Wade's injury prior to the win against Boston.
"He can't predict it. You'll have some good days, some days when you don't feel great, so back at home now we can get back in the routine.
"What we tried to do was not predetermine, not have expectations about it. We know that as long as we stick to the routine, he should get better and stronger and quicker and we've seen those type of results.
"Now that we're home we can get back on the routine of strength training and conditioning and
everything with our equipment," he was quoted in reports by AP featured on NBA.com.
The Heat, who currently occupy second place in the Eastern Conference standings and are four games behind the Indiana Pacers, return to action on Thursday evening with a game against the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers in Miami.
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