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Heat 112, Celtics 86

January 7, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ Tim Hardaway had 24 points and 10 assists as the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 112-86 Saturday night in their biggest offensive output of the season.

The Heat, who have won six straight home games and seven of eight overall, have topped 100 points five times in 35 games. Their previous high came in a 110-102 overtime win over Detroit on Dec. 30.

Antoine Walker scored 26 points and Paul Pierce added 20 for the Celtics, who have lost five straight and 11 of their last 14.

Hardaway finished just two points shy of his season-high despite playing just 29 minutes. He finished 9-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Brian Grant had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, and Eddie Jones added 15 points. Miami hit 11 of 18 3-pointers and shot 55.8 percent overall.

Miami cruised to a 58-43 halftime lead, getting 11 points from Hardaway and eight apiece from Bruce Bowen, Anthony Mason, Grant and Jones.

The Heat put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Celtics 31-19 to open an 89-62 lead. Hardaway scored 13 points, including hitting three 3-pointers.

Notes: The Celtics are 3-11 on the road. ... The Celtics play their next three games at home. ... Heat backup point guard Anthony Carter played for the first time since straining his groin Dec. 22. Carter, who missed the previous six games, scored five points in 19 minutes ... Hardaway committed his first turnover in four games. Hardaway had gone 93 minutes without a turnover, but that stretch ended with his only turnover of the night in the third quarter. ... The Heat’s Dan Majerle scored eight points in 19 minutes, his best game since coming off the injured list Dec. 22.

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