Day 32 of the NBA Playoffs hosted an Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday. The top two teams in the Eastern Conference faced off for Game 2 in Miami. The Heat won Game 1, easily. The Celtics try to bounce back and steal Game 2 to even up the series, going back home for Games 3 and 4. Let’s see if Rajon Rondo and co. got the job done.
(2) Miami Heat vs (4) Boston Celtics
Quick Breakdown of the Game
Rajon Rondo took over the first quarter. He helped the Celtics to come out strong against the Miami Heat. Remember, in Game 1, the Heat made the Celtics look like chumps, but this time, Doc Rivers asked Rondo to be aggressive and Rondo did just that. Rondo scored eight points, two rebounds, and four assists. Boston led Miami by six after the first quarter, 24-18. Rondo had an even more explosive second quarter. The Celtics were in rhythm because of him. Rondo scored 14 points, two more rebounds, and three more assists. After two, going into halftime, the Celtics led the Heat by seven, 53-46. The Celtics slipped up in the third and Miami’s defense was the reason why they came back. The Heat surged back with successful play after successful play. Dwyane Wade went on a scoring run after a disappointing first half and after three, the Heat led the Celtics by six, 81-75. The fourth quarter was very intense. The Celtics came back and had, at most, a five point lead in the quarter. Shane Battier had a big three point shot to give them the lead before the two-minute mark. After a Celtics timeout with 35 seconds left in the game, Ray Allen tied up the game at 99. LeBron James joked on two different times to take the lead. LeBron missed a critical layup to give them the lead, but he got his own rebound. LeBron squared up to take the final shot with two seconds left to go in the game and missed it. The game went into overtime.
The Celtics got the first made shot of the extra period. Dwyane Wade tied it up at 101. He had the chance for a three point play, but he missed the free throw. Rondo hit a big two point jump shot with just above three minutes left in the game. Udonis Haslem hit a jumper to tie up the game. Rondo got fouled and hit two clutch free throws to bring the Celtics lead up to two. LeBron James tied up the game once again with a tip-in off of a Haslem miss. Rondo missed an important layup and on the other end, Udonis Haslem slammed it down to give the Heat the two point lead with 1:27 left in the extra period. Kevin Garnett turned the ball over because of a bad pass. On the other end, Dwyane Wade put up a shot and got fouled. Wade made the free throw to put the Heat up by five, 110-105. Dwyane Wade hit two free throws, but Rondo answered with an open three. Heat led the Celtics 112-108. LeBron made two free throws, but Rondo hit another three to bring the lead down to three, 114-111. Dwyane Wade made one of two free throws to put the Heat up by four, 115-111. Ray Allen missed the three and the Heat took Game 2 and are now 2-0 in the series.
Boston Celtics Top Performers
Ray Allen scored 13 points on 5-11 shooting. Kevin Garnett scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 21 points on 8-19 shooting before fouling out. Rajon Rondo recorded a phenomenal game with 44 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals in an amazing 53 minutes.
Miami Heat Top Performers
Mario Chalmers scored 22 points on 8-16 shooting. Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, despite his first half struggle. LeBron James recorded 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
What to Dwell On?
Will the Celtics win both games at home to tie up the series?