Celtics head to South Beach to face Heat

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics will take a three-game winning streak to South Beach on Sunday when they visit American Airlines Arena to face the Miami Heat.

The Celtics won all three games during this run by double figures, but the competition wasn't coming from the upper echelon of NBA teams. Boston toppled the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves during this streak.

On Friday, one day after trading four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, the Celtics toppled the T-wolves, 114-98.

Rondo was traded to Dallas along with Dwight Powell on Thursday night in exchange for guard Jameer Nelson, forwards Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright, two draft picks and cash considerations.

The C's didn't miss him on Friday.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points off the bench to lead six Celtics in double figures. Jeff Green supplied 18 points and seven rebounds, while Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley each scored 14 points in the Celtics' victory.

"It's tough to see him go," Green said of Rondo. "He was one of the reasons I came back. We fell into a brotherhood."

Sullinger pulled down 10 rebounds and Evan Turner contributed 10 points starting in place of Rondo.

The Celtics will visit the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

The Heat have struggled and dropped two in a row.

On Friday, Miami lost its fifth consecutive home game in a 105-103 loss to the Washington Wizards, the leaders of the Southeast Division.

Dwyane Wade knocked down a straightaway 3-pointer off an inbounds pass with 16.7 seconds left to claw Miami within 101-100.

Bradley Beal sunk a pair of free throws at the other end and then came up with the game-clinching steal. The Wizards double-teamed Wade right as he crossed the halfcourt line and Beal came up with the swipe before hitting two more free throws to seal the outcome with 3.8 ticks left.

The Heat lost their fifth straight at home for the first time since March of 2008 and have dropped eight of their last nine in South Beach overall.

"It's tough to lose," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It really came down to them making plays."

Wade finished with 28 points and eight assists for Miami, which fell to 4-9 at home on the year. The Heat had lost just 13 games over the last two years at American Airlines Arena coming into the season.

Miami was without Chris Bosh for a fourth straight game due to a calf injury.

Luol Deng added 19 points, followed by 14 from Mario Chalmers and 11 out of Udonis Haslem.

The Heat still have the 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Magic on this season-long homestand.

The Heat are 4-3 in their last seven against the Celtics and 3-1 in their last four as the host in this series.