Tonight the Celtics had to work for it - sort of. Boston improved to a league-best 13-2 with a 95-85 win over the turnover-plagued Heat, getting a combined 67 points from its star trio of Garnett, Allen and Pierce, reports the AP. Dwyane Wade had only 10 points as the Heat heard boos from the unhappy home crowd. Elsewhere in the NBA tonight:
- Minnesota was outscored by 21 points in the fourth quarter and lost to the reigning champs from San Antonio. Manu Ginobili scored 31 for the Spurs.
- Despite getting little output from Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas put together a 91-80 home win over Portland. Josh Howard scored 23 points and corraled 14 rebounds.