Whiteside has 20 as Heat get by Celtics

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BOSTON (AP) Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Miami Heat stave off Boston's rally and snap a two-game slide with an 83-75 victory over the Celtics on Sunday.

Whiteside also had nine rebounds and blocked three shots, while Chris Bosh added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 13, helping overcome the absences of Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng.

Wade missed his second game in a row with a strained right hamstring, while Deng sat out his third straight with a strained calf. Wade, who injured himself in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee, is averaging 21.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.

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Assists per game
Rank Name APG
1 John Wall, Was10.2
2 Ty Lawson, Den9.9
3 Chris Paul, LAC9.6
4 Rajon Rondo, Dal8.7
5 Stephen Curry, GS8.1
6 Jeff Teague, Atl7.5
7 Russell Westbrook, OKC7.4
8 Kyle Lowry, Tor7.4
9 Michael Carter-Williams, Phi7.3
10 LeBron James, Cle7.3
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Rank Name SPG
1 Russell Westbrook, OKC2.21
2 Stephen Curry, GS2.13
3 John Wall, Was2.02
4 James Harden, Hou2.00
4 Tony Allen, Mem2.00
6 Trevor Ariza, Hou1.94
7 Chris Paul, LAC1.90
8 Corey Brewer, Hou1.80
9 Jimmy Butler, Chi1.80
10 Monta Ellis, Dal1.78
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