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Kevin Garnett scored 26 points and Paul Pierce added 19 as the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 94-90 at the American Airlines Arena last night taking a 3-2 lead in the best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals. Garnett ahot 11/20 (55%) from the floor and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds playing mostly zone defense in the final minutes. Pierce made just 6/19 (32%) overall and battled foul trouble throughout but hit a key three pointer from the left wing late to ice the game. Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus each contributed 13 for the Celtics, who shot 41% from the field and from 3 point range while sinking 22/27 (81%) from the charity stripe. Rajon Rondo struggled from the field all night making just 3/15 (20%) overall, but he collected 6 rebounds and dished out 13 of his team's 19 assists. Lebron James led the Heat with 30 points and 13 rebounds shooting 11/25 (44%) overall. Dwayne Wade added 27 on 10/22 (46%) from the floor however no other Miami player reached double figures. Miami shot only 39% overall including a dismal 7/26 (27%) from 3 point range. They converted 19/25 (76%) from the ft line and outrebounded Boston 49-39, however committed 16 turnovers against just 13 assists. Boston found themselves agaisnt the ropes virtually the entire night, trailing by 13 in the second quarter, by nine in the third, and by six with six minutes left to play. However every time they answered highlighted by a 22-11 run to close the half, a 15-1 run to end the third and a 22-12 run to end the game. A trio of comebacks, a trio of victories, and a chance to oust Miami's Big Three one round earlier than the Heat ever imagined. This one offered more theater, of course. James hit a 3-pointer to give Miami a two-point lead with 8:10 left, closed out on Pierce to force an airball on the next possession, and eventually Miami pushed the margin out to 78-72 on a layup by Wade with 6:17 to play. On that play, James looked gassed, gasping for air as he stood near the baseline. Those might have been the last gasps the Miami home crowd sees this season. Boston needed breaks down the stretch, and got them. The Celtics' end-of-game run started with, of all things, a magnificent defensive play by Wade, who blocked Bass' dunk attempt with 6:03 left. The ball wound up going to Pietrus, who drilled a 3-pointer, and made another off a scramble about four minutes later to give Boston an 85-83 lead. Miami didn't lead by more than eight points at any time in the three previous games of the series. The Heat changed that quickly, and maybe it was fitting that Chris Bosh, who scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes of play, got them their first double-digit advantage since Game 1. The Celtics did what Miami did to them in Games 3 and 4 at Boston. They started chipping away. Only difference was, they finished the job, too. Pierce's 3 put Boston up 90-86. Miami got within two points twice, and argued that it should have had a steal with 8.8 seconds left. Instead, a foul was called on Udonis Haslem, Garnett made two free throws, and the Celtics knew they had just stolen one on Miami's home floor. Boston has a chance to return to the NBA Finals if they can ice the series tomorrow night which returns to TD Garden at 8:30 pm on ESPN.