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On 05/31/2012 02:04 PM in NBA


Lebron James scored 34 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 as the Miami Heat edged the Boston Celtics 115-111 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the American Airlines Arena last night. James struggled with his shots from the floor all evening making just 7/20 (35%) overall. However he drained 18/24 (75%) from the charity stripe, collected 10 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Wade made 8/15 (53%) from the field and 7/11 (64%) from the free throw line and pulled down 6 rebounds. Mario Chalmers contributed 22 points on 8/16 (50%) including 3/6 (50%) from 3 pojnt range with 6 asissts. The Heat shot 45% overall including 10/26 (39%) from 3 point range despite converting only 31/47 (66%) from the ft line which in turn kept the Celtics hanging around especially in regulation. Miami also recorded 24 assists against 9 rebounds, and were tied with Boston in rebounds with 42. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with a playoff career high 44 points on 16/24 (67%) from the field and 10/12 (83%) from the foul line. Rondo also dished out a team high 10 assists and fell 2 rebounds shy of a triple double. Paul Pierce added 21 on just 8/19 (42%) overall and Kevin Garnett contributed 18 points but shot only 6/18 (33%) from the field along with collecting 8 rebounds. Boston shot nearly 50% from the floor including a dismal 5/16 (31%) from 3 point range despite converting 26/29 (90%) from the free throw line. They recorded 15 assists against 8 turnovers and had plenty of opportunities to even up what is set to be an entertaining series. Miami was down by 15 in the first half and by as many as 11 in the third quarter, before a pair of 3-pointers by James started a comeback. Wade made consecutive jumpers midway through the third to shake off a slow start to his night and get the Heat within three both times, and the 2006 NBA finals MVP set up Haslem for a three-point play with 2:55 left that gave Miami its first lead since the opening minutes, 73-71. Miami's lead got to as much as seven in the third after James blocked Pierce's shot near the rim, sending the ball high into the air and starting a sequence that was capped by a three-point play from Wade, pushing the margin to 78-71. It capped a 12-0 run for the Heat, who took an 81-75 lead into the fourth. James stole the ball from Rondo early in the fourth, drove down the court and got wrapped up by Pietrus, who was assessed a clear-path foul, meaning Miami got two free throws and the ball. James missed both foul shots, Mike Miller missed a 3-pointer later in the possession, and the lead stayed at 85-81. Barely a minute later, it was gone. Pietrus hit a 3-pointer, Rondo followed with a steal and layup and Boston led 86-85. The Celtics led by five with 3:50 left after a jumper by Pierce, and the Celtics looked to be in control. It was temporary. The Heat scored the next nine points, Udonis Haslem's jumper with 1:08 remaining put Miami up 98-94. So of course, back came Boston as Ray Allen's 3-pointer tied the game a few moments after Pierce fouled out. When Rondo missed a layup -- he thought he was fouled, and the Celtics agreed -- with 1:33 left, Miami took advantage, with Udonis Haslem getting a dunk to put the Heat up 105-103. And after a turnover on the next Boston possession, Wade drove the lane, hit the deck and watched as his layup bounced on the rim and dropped through. Garnett stood over Wade and glared, to no avail. Wade hit the free throw, and Miami was up 110-105 with 59.7 seconds left. By then, the no-call on Rondo had the Celtics seething. Boston will have an opportunity to cut the series deficit in half when they look to bounce back in game 3 Friday night at TD Gardens.

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