Boston Celtics

Jan 31, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) gets hit in the face while going to the basket by Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon (21) during the second half at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Boston Celtics are two games over .500 for the first time since Dec. 1, improving to 27-25 after a 122-92 blowout win over the Miami Heat at TD Garden on Monday night.

Monday marked the fourth win in five games for the Celtics. All four wins have come by double digits, three of them by 29 or more points. Jaylen Brown scored 29 of his own to key the Celtics’ domination of Miami.

Jayson Tatum supported Brown with 20 points, and also pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out five assists. The fully powered C’s took full advantage of a Heat team that was missing regulars Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry due to injuries.

Boston never trailed in the game. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead, and extended it to 27-14 by the end of the first quarter. Miami briefly tied the game at 32 in the second, but Boston answered with a 7-0 run and took a nine-point lead to halftime.

The Celtics then blew it open in the third quarter, led by offensive contributions from all five starters. The Heat went about 3:07 without scoring late in the third, which essentially sealed it for the C’s.

Up Next: The Celtics get Tuesday off before getting back to work on Wednesday night, at home against the Charlotte Hornets.

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