Miami Heat visits the Boston Celtics - NBA Conference Finals Game 3
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Friday, 01 June 2012 07:10|
The Miami Heat won the last two games; the Celtics were masters of the first half. Already in the first quarter took advantage of 7 points (11-18) led by Paul Pierce, who did not finish to crystallize due to local reactions. But the Greens did not surrender. Between the end of the first and early second quarter the Celtics were +12 (18-30) by 8 points of Rondo. It seemed that the Heat did not know how to stop them, they looked stiff. After two triples of local implied the thing that would change of pace, but nothing. The maximum difference lit up the scoreboard (24-39) in the middle of the room. LeBron James and Mario Chalmers were the only ones who reacted slowly and were cut to the break 46-53.
King James had 13 points and Mario Chalmers 14 (3 triples) for Florida and Great Round Rondo 22 points at the break.
After the break, two triples from LeBron gave air to the locals, but Rondo, Pierce and Allen followed his own. The appearance on the scene was a balm Dwyane Wade and his two baskets were placed at 3 (66-69) in the absence of 4:40 to the end of the third. Three points were carrying Udonis Haslem to South Beach (73-71) and were starting a 12-0 run that turned around the marker. With the 81-75 it reached the last quarter.
The Heat were 85-79 and placed fine. There was a collapse. The Doc Rivers were activated and became a part of 0-9 to take lead with 7 minutes. But LeBron is not for jokes and just over 2 minutes turned 360 degrees the outcome. From 89-94 to 98-94. Jumper with 1:05 minutes and everything seemed resolved. But a Ray Allen (who else ...) in the absence of 34 seconds sent the game to overtime.
Heat: LeBron James 34 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists (7/20 in shots), Dwyane Wade 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Mario Chalmers 22 points and 6 assists and Udonis Haslem 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
Celtics: Rajon Rondo 44 points (2/2 triples), 10 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 53 minutes, Paul Pierce 21 points and 6 rebounds, Kevin Garnett 18 points and 8 rebounds
Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as -1½ point favorites versus the Heat, while the game's total is sitting at 180.