MIAMI (AP) -- Their big early lead was gone, the Miami Heat were trailing with three minutes remaining and the two-time defending champions seemed very much in trouble.
They didn't let Boston score again.
That's how to snap a defensive slump.
LeBron James scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 16 and the Heat beat the Celtics 93-86 on Tuesday night -- finishing the game on a 9-0 run after trailing 86-84 with 3:08 left.
Chris Andersen scored 13 points and made all five of his shots for Miami, which had given up at least 100 points in four of its last six games. The Heat are 25-1 when allowing less than 100 points; 5-11 otherwise.
Brandon Bass scored 15 points, Kris Humphries had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeff Green had 12 points for the Celtics.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had a simple assessment of the final three minutes: "LeBron James happened."