MiamiHerald / Five takeaways from the Heat’s stunning 90-89 victory at TD Garden Wednesday night.
It was Miami’s first win here since March 25, 2015 and it came on a night former Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk stepped up with a career-high 32 points to make up for the absence of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow.
1. Give Erik Spoelstra credit for the brilliant move to go to a zone defense in the second half. Spoelstra, 47, moved past Pat Riley for the most regular season wins in Heat history this past weekend, but consider this one of his smartest coaching moves yet. Even though he absolutely hates playing zone defense – as do most teams in the NBA with how shooters across the league usually make you pay for it – Spoelstra called for it with the Heat trailing early in the second half and it made all the difference in Miami’s come-from-behind win.
“I think that kind of threw us off a little bit, we got a little stagnant,” Celtics forward Al Horford said. “I think that at that time we got caught looking at Coach, looking for answers and it’s something, as the year goes on, I’m sure that teams wil try to bring out against us to slow us down and throw us off.”