James, Wade Wax Hot as Heat Pound Celtics
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 63 points on Tuesday as the Miami Heat banged up the Boston Celtics, at times literally, to notch a 102-91 victory in Game 2 at the American Airlines Arena and take a 2-0 series lead when the Eastern Conference semifinals move to the TD Garden starting Saturday for Games 3 and 4.
James finished with 35 points, including 24 in the second half, while Wade added 28 for the Heat, who also got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Chris Bosh. Boston, which was led by Rajon Rondo’s 20 points and 12 assists, appeared ready to pull off an important victory in Miami after Paul Pierce sank two free throws with just over seven minutes left in the game to tie the game at 80-all.
However, Mario Chalmers responded with a big three in Miami’s next possession to ignite a 14-0 run that ultimately turned the tide in favor of the Heat. Kevin Garnett, who scored 16 overall, broke the Celtics’ silence with a jumper in the 3:19 mark, but by then, the Heat were already comfortably ahead by eight, 94-82, and Boston would never get closer than nine the rest of the way.