After a pair of LeBron slam dunks at the start, it seemed like the Heat were destined for another big win at home. But the baskets didn't come so easily after that. Although he was the game's leading scorer, James struggled to put his imprint on it in the closing minutes. But this defeat was on Bosh and Wade.
Where was Wade in the second half? Besides picking up technical fouls, that is. The Celtics were practically laying down a red carpet to the rim in the first half, leading to dunk after dunk after dunk from Wade.That all changed after halftime. Wade tried to take over in the fourth quarter with LeBron sitting, but he vanished when the Heat needed him.
At least he woke up in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late. Bosh was once again dominated by Kevin Garnett, flipping the script on their meeting in last year's playoffs, when Bosh enjoyed the upper hand. Perhaps Bosh will figure it out come playoff time, but so far this season he hasn't looked comfortable when he shares the court with LeBron and Wade.
While everyone will likely focus on Rajon Rondo's dissecting the Heat's defense, don't sleep on Chalmers' performance. The Heat have been desperate for someone to space the floor next to the Big Three and Chalmers was their guy on Tuesday (3-for-5 from 3), especially in the second half. Keeping his mistakes to a minimum, Chalmers was the definition of an X factor. Too bad it was in a losing effort.
Rondo does it again. The Celtics put on a clinic in the first half, setting a franchise record against the Heat with 65 points before halftime. Cuts, passes, shots, you name it -- sharp as a razor. Sure, their suffocating defense took the night off, but who cares when the offense can't be stopped? They were simply unconscious from the perimeter.