BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk was honored by the Boston Celtics and showered with cheers by their followers.
Then he went out and beat his previous crew.
Olynyk scored a career-high 32 factors in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Miami Warmth held on Wednesday for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics.
On an evening when the Celtics celebrated their former ahead in his first sport again, the favored Olynyk acquired a standing ovation from the Boston crowd and led the Warmth (16-15) to a different win in opposition to the highest crew within the Jap Convention.
When it was over, he took images with followers.
“It is particular. Simply all of the love and help they’ve given me, from the group, from the crew, to the town, to the followers,” mentioned Olynyk, who signed with Miami as a free agent final offseason. “It is particular to return again right here and play in entrance of them. It is one thing that is particular. For them to acknowledge you and honor you want that, that is one thing that does not at all times occur.”
Josh Richardson had 19 factors and 6 assists for Miami, which took two of three within the season sequence.
The Warmth ended Boston’s 16-game successful streak earlier this season with a victory at house.
“We had 9 guys,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned. “We had been working out of our bodies, guys had been beginning to get drained. I knew guys had been going to should play most likely 20 minutes within the second half. Typically determined occasions name for determined measures on this league.”
Kyrie Irving paced the Celtics (26-Eight) with 33 factors, however missed a jumper from the proper wing that bounced off the rim on the buzzer. Jaylen Brown scored 16 and Marcus Good had 15.
“We nonetheless had an opportunity to steal one tonight,” Irving mentioned. “Simply got here up quick.”
Boston shot solely 37.5 p.c, and practically midway into the ultimate quarter had solely 5 baskets in all the second half.
“Simply because they do not have all of their gamers, we have nonetheless obtained to return out and play,” Good mentioned. “If this is not a wakeup name for us, I do not know what’s.”
Boston massive man Al Horford went 2 for 10 from the ground with eight rebounds and fouled out with Eight:14 to play.
Miami led 87-76 with 2 half minutes left earlier than Irving sparked a 13-Three run with 9 factors.
Miami pulled out to a 71-60 lead when Olynyk drained consecutive Three-pointers in entrance of Boston’s bench with just below 10 minutes to go.
The Celtics sliced it to 79-75, however Richardson transformed a three-point play and Olynyk nailed a Three on consecutive possessions with lower than 5 minutes left.
The Warmth went on a 15-2 run halfway by means of the third quarter, taking their first lead and constructing a 58-51 benefit on Bam Adebayo’s one-handed flip within the lane.
Warmth: Olynyk’s earlier excessive was 30 factors on Dec. 15, 2014. … G Goran Dragic missed his second straight sport with a sore left elbow and F Justise Winslow sat out his fourth in a row with strained left knee. It was the second consecutive sport by which the Warmth had been lacking six gamers because of accidents. … The Warmth had been known as for delay of sport as a result of they weren’t on the courtroom shortly sufficient to start out the second half.
Celtics: Jayson Tatum dislocated his proper pinkie when it was stepped on after he dove for a free ball within the opening minutes. He went straight to the locker room, however returned late within the first quarter. … F Daniel Theis performed with a masks after surgical procedure for a damaged nostril Tuesday. … F Guerschon Yabusele pretends to shoot an arrow and does a “dab” after he hits a Three.
The Celtics honored Olynyk because the “Hero Amongst Us” for doing greater than 100 neighborhood appearances and serving to increase hundreds of for his or her charity when he was with the crew.
“I feel it is a enjoyable method to honor. It is greater than what you do on the courtroom,” Boston coach Brad Stevens mentioned earlier than the sport. “He embraced that, and I assumed he lived that out properly. It wasn’t simply discuss when the cameras had been on. He was out on a regular basis.”