The game came exactly five years — to the day — after Boston ended Houston’s 22-game winning streak.
Green had 14 points in the first quarter, when the Celtics scored the last 17 points to open a 31-19 lead. Boston led by as many as 17 in the second, but Miami went on a 15-6 run just before the half to make it a six-point game and then scored the first eight points in the third quarter to take the lead.
Notes: Green had 12 in the second quarter and 12 in the third. ... Battier was on the Houston Rockets team that won 22 straight before losing 94-74 to Boston on March 18, 2008. ... James was called for a technical foul for taunting when he stood over Jason Terry after a dunk.
It was James’ sixth technical of the season and the 39th of his career. ... Pierce and Chalmers got involved in a minor scuffle when Pierce drew an offensive foul and Chalmers tried to grab the ball from him after the whistle.