Luol Deng scored a game-high 23 points, while rookie James Ennis added 16 points and eight rebounds as a Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh-less Heat squad posted a 100-84 triumph over the Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Celtics shot just 39.8 percent from the floor and 26.1 percent beyond the arc. Miami shot 47.4 percent and led by as much as 16.
• New faces in focus: Boston put all three of its new acquisitions to work. Brandan Wright totaled six points on 3-of-5 shooting with three rebounds over 13:24; Jameer Nelson posted three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three assists and two rebounds over 20:25; Jae Crowder went scoreless with two rebounds and an assist over 7:10.
• Smart starts: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart drew his first career start at point guard and finished with three points, four assists, four rebounds, a steal and two turnovers over 28:25. He was minus-8 in plus/minus during his floor time.
• Loose balls: The Celtics utilized a 10-man rotation including all three new faces acquired from Dallas. Phil Pressey and Gerald Wallace were healthy DNPs. ... The Celtics did not generate a single fastbreak point. ... Miami turned the ball over just 11 times for 10 points; Boston gave it away 15 times for 20 points.
• What it means: The Celtics fall to 10-15 while having a three-game winning streak snapped. The Heat improve to 13-15. ... Boston gets a much-needed practice day Monday before visiting the Orlando Magic on Tuesday evening.