When the Celtics sat Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, they essentially tossed in the towel against the Heat. Or did they? After the first quarter the Celtics were up by 1o points, Jeff Green looked like he was going to have a monster game, and Boston was shooting 50% from the field. The only Heat player that was effective was LeBron — Wade was scoreless in the first quarter.
And then Ray Allen scored five straight point at the start of the quarter (one of those “eff-you” runs) to help get the Heat back in the game. Thanks to an 11-0 run, the Heat ended up tying the game up at 38 with around six minutes left in the quarter, and went into halftime with a 58-50 lead. In contrast to their first quarter offensive sloppiness, the Heat shot 16-19 (84%) in the second quarter and outscored the Celtics by 18 points (remember that the Heat scored only 17 points in the first quarter).
After halftime, the game was firmly in Miami’s control. Ray Allen had not missed a shot when the fourth quarter started (though Allen did miss a shot — he was 5-6 from the field and scored 17 points) and hit a dagger three pointer in the fourth quarter to put the Heat up by 16 points. LeBron was his incredibly efficient self, scoring 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting. While Chris Bosh contributed 17 points and 7 assists, the surprise performance of the game was from Rashard Lewis.
It’s safe to say that Miami fans were treated to some vintage Rashard Lewis as he scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting (3-5 from three point range) in 24 minutes of play. Lewis’ performance was characteristic of the Heat’s offense as the Heat shot over 50% from three point range (52%) and 55% from the field. The Celtics on the other hand were a horrendous 26% from three point range (6-23).
The Heat also out-rebounded the Celtics 37-34, which makes this the third game in a row that the Heat have out-rebounded a team (a pleasant surprise given the fact that the Heat are worst in the league in rebounds per game).
Weird Statistic of the Night:
The Celtics were 100% from the line (13-13) while the Heat were 68% (19-28).
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