Heat Push Celtics to Brink
The Miami Heat are one win away from avenging their 4-1 drubbing by the Boston Celtics in last year’s NBA Playoffs first-round series.
Chris Bosh made up for his lackluster play in the Heat’s lopsided Game 3 loss on Saturday, scoring 20 points to complement LeBron James‘s 35 and Dwayne Wade‘s 28 as Miami edged Boston in overtime, 98-90. Bosh scored five points in overtime, where Miami’s Big Three scored all of the team’s 12 points. Wade added five points in OT while James delivered the go-ahead basket early in the extra period. After James made it 88-86 with the fade-away jumper, Bosh scored on a layup and Wade followed with a long jumper to put the Heat safely ahead.
The trio of James, Wade, and Bosh accounted for 83 of Miami’s total, and no other Heat player scored more than four points. The Big Three’s performance on Monday was a complete turnaround from the pervious game, when they combined for only 44 in the Heat’s 97-81 loss.
The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce’s 27 and Ray Allen’s 17, but Kevin Garnett, who scored 28 in Game 3, was limited to seven points on 1 of 10 shooting. Boston must now win three-straight games if it is to return to the Eastern Conference finals. Game 5 of the series is on Wednesday in Miami.