The NBA eastern conference best of seven final series is now tied 2-2. The Boston Celtics narrowly defeated the Miami Heat in overtime 93-91. The win was Boston’s second consecutive and sends the series back to Miami for game five on Tuesday. LeBron James who led the Heat in scoring with 29 had to watch from the sidelines, as the game ended after he fouled out with only 1:51 left on the clock.
Dwayne Wade took the game’s last shot as time ran out, but his attempt as the buzzer sounded bounced off the rim. Wade ended the game with 20 points but shot only 7 for 22 from the field. Paul Pierce led the Boston scoring with 23 points, but also fouled out during overtime. Rajon Rondo chipped in with 15 points while dishing out 15 assists.
The Heat were helped by the tough inside play of Udonis Haslem who scored 12 points but more importantly pulled down 17 rebounds, while Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat.
The Heat had a 13-1 run that spanned the third and fourth quarter to slice the lead by the Celtics to zero. The Heat were down nearly the entire game and valiantly tried to come back but now are faced with returning home and trying to regroup after two consecutive losses.
Miami will hope to get good news from doctors about center Chris Bosh’s injured abdominal muscle. He strained the muscle in the first game of the second round against Indiana and has not played since. His absence puts even more responsibility offensively on James and Wade and takes away the team’s inside defense.