Heat Check: Miami drops thriller late to Boston

MIAMI — For “no rivalry,” this was as thrilling as it gets.

Jeff Green hit a Ray Allen-like 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer to give the Boston Celtics a 111-110 victory against the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

The shot wasn’t official until the three referees looked at the play on a TV monitor to verify it was 3-pointer and released before the buzzer.

LeBron James had 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 4-3. Chris Bosh had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 18 points as Miami had six double-figure scorers.

Before the game, James was asked about the Miami-Boston rivalry following the makeover of the Celtics roster, which no longer includes Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Even coach Doc Rivers now is with the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s no rivalry,” James said.

Tell that to the Celtics (3-4).

Miami clung to a 108-106 lead after Boston’s Avery Bradley hit an 18-foot jumper with 38.4 left.

Following a full Heat timeout, Bosh missed a 22-foot jumper at 21.1. The Celtics grabbed possession and called timeout.

Boston moved the ball around before finding a wide open Kelly Olnyk in the right corner. Olynyk put up a 16-foot bank shot, with the ball hitting the rim and bouncing away with 6 seconds remaining. Miami took possession, leading to two James free throws that seemed to ice it.

But Gerald Wallace quickly sank a layup with about a second left. Wade was fouled, and after missing the first, he tried to intentionally miss the second. But the shot missed the rim, resulting in a violation that gave the Celtics possession with 0.6 showing.

That set up the winning play.

Miami led 82-80 heading into the fourth quarter. Boston used a a 15-5 advantage in fastbreak points to stay on the Heat’s heels.

Reserves Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley supplied first-half jolts, each scoring 10 points in little more than eight minutes.

Shane Battier started for Udonis Haslem, who joined Greg Oden as the Heat inactives.

The turning point

The game wasn’t decided until Green’s 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

The difference maker

Green, who had 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He hit 5 of 8 from 3-point territory, including the dramatic game winner.

Stat of the game

Boston had 15 fastbreak points to Miami’s 5. And several times, the Celtics raced down to score following a Miami basket.

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What’s next

The Heat will play the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will be third game of a four-game homestead.

Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.