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Boston Celtics Blow a Chance, Fall to the Miami Heat

May 31st, 2012 at 7:10 PM
By Pat Murphy

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

'Dwyane Wade' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ In game one, the score was tied at halftime, then the Miami Heat used a big third quarter to take the lead for good. In game two, the Boston Celtics led by seven at halftime, yet the Heat again had a big third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 35-22, to overcome what was a 15-point deficit. Boston did come back, using a big run of their own, and the game ended tied at the end of regulation. In overtime, things continued to stay balanced until, with 1:35 left,  Rajon Rondo did not get the call, after getting hit in the face while going to a layup, and Miami took over. The Heat then scored the next seven points and took control of the game they very easily could have lost. In the end, it was a 115-111 win for Miami to go up 2-0.

Finally the Heat got performances out of players along side LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. While the two superstars still were the main contributors, James with 34 points and seven assists and Wade adding 23 points and six rebounds, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem came up big when it mattered. Chalmers finished with 22 points and six assists, while Haslem 13 points and 11 rebounds and scored timely baskets in the closing moments. Shane Battier also had a decent game with nine points, while Mike Miller had seven points off the bench.

Despite the loss, Rondo had one of the best games in playoff history. He became the first player ever to score 44 points, have 10 assists, and eight rebounds in the playoffs. Rondo, who is not considered a good jumper or free throw shooter, was 16-for-24 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Paul Pierce had a considerably better game than in the first, with 21 points and six rebounds, while also playing solid defense on James. Sadly for the Celtics, he fouled out in the fourth quarter and was not able to continue his strong play through the end of the game and overtime. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Ray Allen scored 13, including the game tying three at the end of regulation.

Boston will have to be disappointed with letting this one get away. They had a chance to steal a game in Miami and take some control in this series. The good news is, this series now moves to Boston on Friday. The bad news is that they do not have much time to rest and it is hard to imagine another performance like this from their players.

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami, Miami Heat, NBA, Rajon Rondo

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