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On 06/04/2012 02:26 PM in NBA


Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 17 along with 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as the Boston Celtics edged the Miami Heat 93-91 in overtime at TD Garden evening the Eastern Conference Finals at 2 games apiece. Pierce played 40 minutes overall before fouling out shooting 8/18 (44%) overall while collecting 6 rebounds. Garnett shot only 8/20 (40%) but provided the low post game Boston needs to execute in this series despite looking sloppy with the ball at times committing 6 of his team's 16 turnovers. Ray Allen contributed 16 points on 6/16 (38%) and Rajon Rondo finished with 15 points along with a team high 15 assists. The Celtics shot only 41% overall including 9/27 (33%) from 3 point range. Boston converted 14/20 (70%) from the charity stripe and recorded 22 assists. Lebron James led Miami with 29 points on 12/25 (48%) from the floor while Dwayne Wade added 20 making just 7/22 (32%) shots overall. James committed 8 of his team's 18 turnovers and while Wade was responsible for 4, he did finish with an impressive all around line grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, recording 3 blocked shots and 3 steals. Udonis Haslem turned in a vigorous effort finishing with 12 points and 17 rebounds off the bench. Miami shot 43% overall including 6/19 (32%) from 3 point range and held a slight 40-39 rebounding edge. It seemed like Boston could not miss in the first half as things got off to a dominating start past the 6:00 mark of the first quarter. The fans grew even louder when the Celtics ran out to a 14-4 lead after consecutive 3-pointers by Pierce and Allen. The Celtics went to Garnett for their next two baskets, pushing it to 18-4, and when Pierce's 3-pointer made it 21-6, it was the third time in four games they had a lead of at least 15 points. The Celtics made 16 of their first 25 shots and seemed intent on outhustling the Heat to the ball on the rare times they did miss. TheHeat, who insisted they would be more aggressive, didn't shoot their first free throw until James was fouled while making a basket with 6:53 remaining in the first half. Boston pushed the lead to 20 when Pierce shook off a foul and tossed in a long, one-legged jumper with 3:12 left in the second quarter, and the Celtics were ahead 61-47 at the break. After leading the Celtics to the highest-scoring half the Heat have surrendered this postseason, Rondo even fired a shot at the visitors, saying in his televised halftime interview what was working for Boston was the Heat "complaining and crying to the referees in transition." The Celtics averaged 89.1 points on 44 percent shooting in an ugly second-round survival against Philadelphia, then managed a measly 79 points in the opener of this series, the old guys looking like their best basketball was well behind them. They seemed to have solved their offensive woes, then managed only 12 points in the third quarter, losing Rondo along the way to his fourth foul. It was down to 73-68 after three, and the Heat tied it for the first time when James' layup made it 74-all with 8:54 remaining. Norris Cole's layup on the next possession gave Miami the lead for the first time and it stayed tight from there. With the Celtics down by two, Pierce and Rondo made consecutive layups for an 85-83 edge with 3:08 to go in regulation. But with the Celtics up three, they lost James, who was wide open with plenty of time to set himself for a 3-pointer that evened it at 89 with 37.5 seconds left. Garnett was called for an offensive foul on the next possession, giving the Heat the ball back with 21 seconds left. But they passed it around too long, leaving them with a long forced attempt from Haslem that was well off before the buzzer. Rondo's layup gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead with 2:34 left, and neither team scored again until he made a free throw with 21 seconds to play. Wade, already finding it tough to locate any room with Chris Bosh out and then having to do it James also on the sideline, saw his potential winning 3 point attempt bounce off the rim as time expired. Only 6 points were scored in already the second OT game this series. Game 5 is tomorrow night when the scene shifts back to the American Airlines Arena.

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