jimmythegreek Posts:12606 Followers:392
On 06/08/2012 02:02 PM in NBA


Lebron James scored 45 points and Dwayne Wade added 17 as the Miami Heat evened its best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals at 3 games apiece crushing the Boston Celtics 98-79 at TD Garden. James, who from the opening tip featured an all business focused look in his eyes throughout the contest, shot 19/26 (73%) overall while grabbing a team high 15 rebounds and handing out 5 assists. James played 45 minutes and fell just 4 points of his playoff career high of 49 points back in 2009. Wade made just 6/17 (35%) from the floor and collected 8 rebounds along with handing out 4 assists. No other Heat player reached double figures, but king James took the game into his own hands accounting for 46% of his team's output. Miami shot 49% overall including 7/16 (44%) from 3 point range and sunk 17/22 (77%) from the charity stripe. The Heat also held a 44-34 rebounding edge and committed just 12 turnovers despite recording only 15 assists. Rajon Rondo led Boston with 21 points on 8/14 (57%) from the field overall and dished out 10 assists but also committed 8 of his team's 14 turnovers. Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett each added 12 and Ray Allen contributed 10 points. The Celtics shot only 43% overall including a dismal 1/14 (8%) from 3 point range. Miami barely won Game 2 before dropping the next three games, but this one was never in doubt. James was a one-man force on what's supposed to be a Big Three, carrying the Heat in the first half while Wade made only 1 of 6 shots. The Celtics were hoping to complete a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, as Oklahoma City did in the Western Conference, and advance to face the Thunder in the NBA Finals. However they trailed by as many as 24 points in the 4th quarter and will have to win a second straight game in Miami to play for the title. James had 30 points by halftime and spent the night silencing the Celtics crowd and perhaps some of the doubters he somehow still has. He set the tone for the game by making 6 of 7 shots and scoring 14 points in the first quarter, and he made sure the Heat were never challenged from there. The Celtics, trying desperately for one last championship before the expected breakup of their Big Three, hope this one doesn't get added to recent series losses against Orlando in 2009 and the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2010, when they lost Game 6s with chances to win series and then fell in Game 7. James' first basket of the third quarter increased the lead to 17 points, and from there it was just a matter of coming up with another score any time the Celtics tried to make a run. Boston never came close, and when a 3-pointer by Shane Battier made it 81-63 with 10:19 to play, Rivers spent part of a timeout standing alone on the court with his arms folded, leaving it to the players to try to come up with an answer that wasn't there. Game 7 will be Saturday night at the American Airlines Center for the right to advance to the NBA Finals beginning Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

sharpsquare 1-0 1.000
jimmythegreek 1-1 .500 0-1 0/U
SPOOKY 1-1 .500 0-1 0/U
aakj 0-1 .000
bulldog 0-1 .000 0-1 0/U
cajuncapper 0-1 .000
COVER IT 0-1 .000
deadphish 0-1 .000
JB 0-2 .000 0-1 0/U
RogueSalmon 0-2 .000 0-1 0/U

overall 3-11 .214
sides 3-6 .333
totals 0-5 .000

For the latest sports news, capper picks and tracker results, turn to JTG, the leader in BTB information

  • All Time Record: 17067-17284-622
  • Last 7 Days Record: 58-76-1
  • Last 30 Days Record: 331-384-14