#2 MIAMI HEAT 91 @ #4 BOSTON CELTICS 93 (OT)
EAST Finals * Game 4 * Series is tied, 2-2
The Celtics got off to a fast start. They were helped by a barrage of three-pointers as they got off to a 21-6 lead.
LeBron James did his best to keep the Heat within striking distance as Dwyane Wade struggled. But Boston kept making those three-pointers which prompted Zooey Deschanel to ask...
The Celtics led as many as 18 points in the second quarter. They led, 61-47, at the half. Then Wade started making baskets in the third. Miami turned up the defense on Boston, trapping when they could. They were helped by an additional boost from rookie Norris Cole, whose only field goal in the game gave Miami a 76-74 lead. From there, they went back and forth until Kevin Garnett's lay-up gave Boston a safer 89-86 lead.
With 37 seconds left, I'm pretty sure nearly all the casual fans were surprised that LeBron splashed in a three-pointer to tie the game. But nobody was surprised on what happened on the last possession. LeBron didn't force the issue and passed it to Udonis Haslem, who didn't get off a good shot. The teams went into OT.
Early in the extra period, Paul Pierce fouled out. A few minutes later, LeBron fouled out. In the last possession, it was Heat ball and they were trailing, 93-91. Wade decided to go for the win and his three-pointer clanked off the rim. The Celtics tie the series at 2.
LeBron was great as usual but his disqualification certainly didn't help matters. He finished with 29 points. Wade started out 2 for 12 but he finished 7 for 22 and a 20-7-6 line. Haslem gave them a huge boost on the boards. He had 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Pierce led Boston with 23 points. Garnett had 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks while Rajon Rondo was masterful with 15 points and 15 assists. Now TD Garden is guaranteed one more game and I'm sure Boston is happy about that.
What's Chris Bosh's reaction?
Not so good.
PHOTO CREDITS: 1) Jim Rogash/Getty Images. 2) Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images. (Both photos edited by Payton Wales.)