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Miami Heat have quietly leapfrogged Celtics for second-best record in East

The Celtics no longer have a hold on the number-2 standing in the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat have taken over that slot after winning their last two games, while Boston has racked up two losses in a row. The Heat's record is now 27-10, just ahead of the Celtics at 25-10.


Miami goes 11-deep with players logging double-digit minutes. Seven Miami players are putting up double-digits in points, and two of them, Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro, are rookies. Nunn averages 15.4 PPG and 4.5 APG, while Herro averages 13.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.1 APG.

The Heat's 6'9" center, Bam Adebayo, and Jimmy Walker are both having All-Star-level seasons. Bam is producing 15.7 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG and 1.2 BPG. Butler is the team's top scorer at 20.2 Points/game, while also adding 6.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He has been outstanding.

The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid hold on the number-one spot in the East standings with a 33-6 record. The next five spots remain up for grabs with the Heat, Celtics, Raptors, 76'ers and Pacers in the race. The Heat are talented, balanced and deep. In October, not many analysts had them pegged for second place in the Eastern Conference this deep into the 2019-20 season. The Celtics no longer have them in the rear view mirror. Boston now sees Miami through the windshield, and the Heat need to be passed.

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