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Celtics shoot past Heat

A week ago, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat with defense. On Tuesday in Miami, they did it with offense.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Heat, 115-107.

Rajon Rondo posted double-digit assists for the 18th straight game, extending the NBA's longest such streak in 20 years with an 18-point, 15-assist effort. The Celtics shot a season-high 61 percent.

LeBron James finished with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which got 20 from Dwyane Wade and 18 from Mario Chalmers.

The Celtics beat Miami, 91-72, in Boston on April 1.

No team had shot better than 55 percent against the Heat this season, and Boston's 115 points were two shy of matching a season-high against Miami.

Boston improved to 18-7 since the All-Star break. The Heat fell 3 games behind Chicago in the race for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Bulls beat the New York Knicks, 98-86, in the United Center on Tuesday.


Amerks fall in OT

Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Doug Janik scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give Grand Rapids a 5-4 victory over the Amerks in Rochester in the final week of the American Hockey League season.

Corey Tropp scored the game's first two goals and, after the Griffins scored four straight, the Amerks tied it with third-period goals by Luke Adam and T.J. Brennan against Thomas McCollum (Sanborn), who made 36 saves.

The Amerks entered the week in 10th place in the AHL's Western Conference standings, but picked up the one point needed to move into a tie for sixth place, joining Milwaukee, Houston, Peoria and Lake Erie at 82 points. Milwaukee lost 4-1 to San Antonio, which jumped into fifth. The top eight make the playoffs.


ECC players honored

Two Erie Community Collete athletes achieved All-America status for their play this past season.

Christopher Kendall (Cheektowaga), a sophomore forward on the ECC hockey team, was named a first-team All-America selection by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Kendall finished sixth in the nation with 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) and his assist total was second-most in the NJCAA.

Sophomore guard Dequan Jones was chosen to the NJCAA Division II All-America third team in men's basketball.

From News and wire service reports.