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Heat clinch playoff spot with 129-121 victory over Celtics

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BOSTON – – Tyler Herro scored 24 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot and sent the Boston Celtics to the brink of the play-in tournament Tuesday night with a 129-121 victory. “Individually, we’ve all got to look into the mirror and say: ‘Are we giving everything we’ve got?’ And to be honest, we’re not.”

The Celtics, who were already assured of a spot in the 7-10 play-in tournament, trail Miami and Atlanta by three games, but lost the tiebreaker against both teams.

Coming off a 130-124 win over the Celtics on Sunday, the Heat showed the scoring balance – even without Butler – that carried them to the Eastern Conference title over Boston last season.

Walker immediately dropped the ball, in play near the baseline in front of Miami’s bench as he walked off, heading down a runway toward the locker room with 10:13 left.

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