LeBron James netted 35 points in yesterday’s 98-90 OT victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden to move his Miami Heat to within one game of the Eastern Conference finals. Dwayne Wade finished with 28 and Chris Bosh followed up with 20. The rest of the Heat lineup contributed just 15 points in total. Game 5 is set for this Wednesday in Miami.
“Wednesday night will be our greatest challenge that we’ve had with this group so far,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We’ll get their best games on Wednesday. And we have to be better. If we’re real about what we want to do, we have to beat the Boston Celtics at their best.”
Paul Pierce led the C’s in scoring with 27 points. Rajon Rondo produced 10 points and five assists with a padded sleeve after dislocating his left elbow Saturday in Game 3. Boston has reached the NBA Finals in two of the last three seasons and will expect to battle in Game 5 to bring the series back to Boston. “These are those moments. I look forward to it,” said Ray Allen following his 17-point performance. “Everybody on this team, we know what to do. We can’t talk about it; we just have to put our best foot forward. It’s not easy. It just makes it that much more special if we’re able to do it.”
Celtics vs. Heat tickets are now available!
The wait is finally over. The highly anticipated Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat best-of-seven playoff series will begin Sunday, May 1st at American Airlines Arena. The Celts are 3-1 against the Heat this year, failing to win in their most crucial battle on the road during the last week of the regular season. The Veteran C’s lineup has certainly revamped for their upcoming playoff run, sweeping the New York Knicks in the first round to earn a six-day rest period before continuing on.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of hype around it, like it’s a championship series, but you’ve got to understand it’s still just the second round,” said Boston captain Paul Pierce. “But a very big second round because you’ve got two potential teams that can win it all. I’m excited. This is a great stage for basketball. It’s going to be great for fans and the guys that we have here love these type of series.” Check 7-game schedule below. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Playoff ScheduleGame 1: Sunday, May 1, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 3:30 PM
Game 2: Tuesday, May 3, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, TBD
Game 3: Saturday, May 7, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 8:00 PM
Game 4: Monday, May 9, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, TBD
Game 5: Wednesday, May 11, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Friday, May 13, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Monday, May 16, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, 8:00 PM (if necessary)
Dwayne Wade came up with the steal to set up LeBron James on the other end for a dunk to put the Miami Heat up two in the closing minutes of their 94-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and James finished with 19 points, ending their five-game skid while putting a stop to LA’s eight-game win streak.
The Heat have recently struggled in close-game situations but this time found a way to win over the 2x defending champions for the second time this season. “We didn’t want to run away from this,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We didn’t want to hide from any of this. We want to get better. We want to make sure our game is right and ready when it really counts.” Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points and Pau Gasol followed up with 20. Miami is scheduled to host the Memphis Grizzlies this Saturday as the Lakers travel to Dallas to matchup with the Mavericks.