2011 NBA Playoffs: Celtics Collapse in 4th Quarter vs. Heat, LeBron


The Celtics had a lead as high as 10 in the first half and a lead as big as seven in the fourth quarter. However, some unforced Boston turnovers and a pair of three-pointers from LeBron James in the final 2:10 of the fourth quarter put the dagger in the Boston Celtics' quest for an eighteenth banner.

With Jermaine O'Neal and Rajon Rondo laying on the sideline with injuries, the Celtics crunchtime lineup featured Delonte West and Nenad Krstic. The Celtics shot 49.3 percent from the field and led for most of the game. However, Dwyane Wade's 34 total points, including 23 in the first half, kept the Heat in the thick of things the entire time. LeBron James helped close things out in the second half, finishing the game with 33 total points.

Kevin Garnett came out of the gate aggressive, scoring 12 points in the first quarter. Despite the great start, KG couldn't sustain it and only scored three more points the rest of the game. Ray Allen led Celtics scorers with 18 points, making five of 10 shots from behind the arch. Paul Pierce battled foul trouble all game, picking up his fifth in the fourth quarter. He had 12 points in the game.

Delonte West had 10 points in the game and took over for Rondo towards the end of the second half. Big Baby showed some signs of life with six points but it was too little too late.

This has largely been seen as the last hurrah for the Celtics. It could be a long time before the Boston Celtics have the same run of success that they've over the past few years. It could've been Doc Rivers last game coaching the Celtics and, as some have speculated, the last NBA game for Kevin Garnett.

Heat win the series in five games. Looks like Jon Hollinger was the only one who knew what he was talking about.


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