Now the Celtics have neither member of their starting backcourt from the past five seasons, Allen and Rondo.
Rondo’s injury ‘‘puts this team and the rest of the guys in a position to be ready to step up,’’ Pierce said. Sunday’s win ‘‘was a perfect example. We showed we are capable.’’
NOTES: It was Miami’s first game in Boston since it won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals behind James’ 45 points. ... James and Chris Bosh each had 16 rebounds for the Heat. ... The last time the Celtics played consecutive double-overtime games was on March 11 and 13, 1951.