Whiteside stands tall vs. Celtics

– Hassan Whiteside scored half his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston's rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory over the Celtics on Sunday.

Whiteside also had nine rebounds and blocked three shots, while Chris Bosh added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 13, helping overcome the absences of Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng.

"He continues to surprise me," Bosh said of Whiteside. "He's a talented young fellow. We want to continue to push him and encourage him to play and do well."

Wade missed his second game in a row with a strained right hamstring, while Deng sat out his third straight with a strained calf. Wade, who injured himself in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee, is averaging 21.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller led the Celtics with 17 points apiece, and Brandon Bass had 15. It was Boston's third straight loss and fourth in its last five.

HIGHLIGHTS

•DOUBLE DIGITS AT LAST: The Knicks won for just the 10th time this season, a 92-80 win over the visiting Lakers, but it happened after the game was dropped from ESPN's national broadcast — the fourth time such an occurrence has happened. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 31 points. "Melo got hot, had it going and gave them a nice cushion," Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said. "We tried to fight back a little bit but it was a little too late."

•SUNS RECALL GUARDS: The Phoenix Suns recalled guards Reggie Bullock and Archie Goodwin from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Bullock played two games for Bakersfield against Los Angeles. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds Friday and 26 points and 11 rebounds Saturday. Goodwin also played two games for the Jam in his third assignment of the season. He had 24 points and 10 rebounds Friday and 28 points and 12 rebounds Saturday.

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