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Monday, March 18, 2013
How the Celtics have stopped the Heat

By Doug Clawson and Sunny Saini, ESPN Stats & Information

The Miami Heat have lost 10 straight regular season games in Boston, including five losses in the LeBron-Wade-Bosh era.

Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Heat have averaged just 83.2 points per 100 possessions in the regular season at TD Garden, by far their lowest offensive efficiency on the road against any team over that span.

Below is a breakdown on the Heat’s offensive struggles in Boston. The data does not include the Heat’s 78-66 loss at TD Garden on April 24, 2012, when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were all held out to rest on the second-to-last game of the regular season:

* LeBron not creating off pick and roll: In those four games, the Celtics have taken away LeBron’s playmaking ability in the pick-and-roll. The Heat offense is shooting 38 percent and averaging 0.74 points per pick-and-roll play with LeBron as the ball handler.

On the season, the Heat shoot over 50 percent and average just over one point per play on pick-and-roll sets with James handling the ball, both ranking him among the top five pick-and-roll ball handlers in the league.

James is averaging 7.4 assists per game during the Heat’s 22-game win streak, but has averaged just 4.3 assists in his last four regular season road games in Boston, including a 1:1 assist-to-turnover rate (2.09 career AST/TO rate).

* D-Wade kept in check: Wade has made a league-high 123 field goals on 73 percent shooting inside five feet during the Heat’s 22-game win streak. However, Wade is shooting 40 percent inside five feet in his four games at TD Garden over the last three seasons.