Miami Heat Escape from Celtics in Overtime


The proud and gutsy Boston Celtics played just about as well as possible.

Pictured: Miami Heat small forward LeBron James argues a call during the game against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 on Wednesday at Miami.

They shot 50% and led by 16 points in the first half against the Miami Heat. They withstood a furious third-quarter barrage from the Heat.
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo was outstanding. He played all 53 minutes and had a career-high 44 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, including two late three-pointers in overtime. Ray Allen gave a gutsy effort, playing through painful bone spurs in his right ankle. Center Kevin Garnett and forward Paul Pierce showed up.
Even with Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s quiet game — for him anyway, with 23 points — it still wasn’t enough for the Celtics to steal a game on the road against the Heat.
Miami defeated Boston 115-111 in overtime in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Friday (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
“(Rondo) was absolutely pheonomal, put the whole team at times on his shoulders. It’s tough to have him play that way and not win the game, because he did basically everything right. We had a lot of opportunities to win the game,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
LeBron James missed a jump shot at the end regulation. Despite that, James continues to demonstrate why he was the obvious MVP choice this season. He had 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists while playing outstanding defense. He had 18 of his points on free throws.
“He wanted the ball, and I could see the look in his eyes,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James. “What I liked, he made winning plays….Missed a couple of free throws….But drawing fouls….Made winning plays down the stretch. Guy had incredible night. That’s what it’s about. Not always about the shot.”
The Heat hammered Boston in the third quarter with James and Wade taking over, as they have done in their past five playoff games. Miami erased a 57-46 deficit in the third quarter outscoring Boston 35-22.
SOURCE: Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY