Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ECF Game 5 Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat 6-5-12 Recap

The Miami Heat started the game with a lot of energy and clearly weren't lacking focus, Dwyane Wade bounced back with a 3-3 FG start (including a three) and it seemed like an easy night.  Chris Bosh came back and scored 5 points and 5 rebounds after the first quarter.  Boston was struggling from the field, no one could make a shot.  Miami led 24-16 after the first quarter.

The Heat had a 12 point lead in the second quarter, but with some scoring from Brandon Bass, Mickael Pietrus and a late surge by Kevin Garnett cut the Heat lead down to 2 after the first half.   Ray Allen, Paul Pierce & Rajon Rondo were a combined 4-22 from the field.  Lebron James had 11 points in the 2nd quarter.   Miami 52, Boston 50. 

The Heat went on a 9-0 run in the third sparked by Chalmers, Lebron, Battier & Haslem.  However, the Heat didn't get much production after that, the Celtics ended the quarter on a 15-1 run and a 5 point lead (after a three from Keyon Dooling)   After  38 minutes The Celtics led  65-60 


Rajon Rondo had huge plays in the 4th quarter, after Dwyane Wade blocked Brandon Bass dunk, he tapped the ball to Mickael Pietrus for a huge three just after Miami had their biggest lead of the 4th quarter.  Rondo also made two driving layups when Miami had three point leads to get Boston down just one. 

With the game on the line in the 4th quarter of a pivotal game 5, Erik Spoelstra never went back to Chris Bosh (he had a good first half considering his injury) that was an odd decision. 

With 52 seconds remaining in the game and Boston hanging on with a one point lead, Paul Pierce made the biggest shot of the game, he hit a three and gave Boston a 4 point lead.  That shot was the deciding factor, both teams exchange free throws and Boston won the game 94-90. 

The Heat were stunned and now face a difficult challenge ahead, they need to get a win at the TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics know they have a big opportunity and will try their hardest not to let it slip, they want to get to their third finals in five years.  They know their is not going to last long.  

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