After piling up monster numbers through the first 40 minutes of this game, LeBron looked absolutely gassed down the stretch. While Wade went to work on offense, LeBron actually stood motionless on the baseline for consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. That won't exactly help the narrative. And that Paul Pierce dagger 3 with 52 seconds left? That was on LeBron, too.
With LeBron running on fumes late, Wade took the keys to the offense and attacked relentlessly. Wade had a tendency to settle for jumpers from time to time even though he's been terrible from the perimeter in the playoffs. Wade scored more points in the fourth quarter (14) than he did in the previous three (13), but it just wasn't enough. They need more from him earlier.
Welcome back to the Reax, Bosh. Bosh received a standing ovation after checking in with five minutes left in the first quarter and played far better than expected. The adrenaline from getting an early and-1 against Kevin Garnett probably numbed any pain he felt previously. Though he sat on the bench in crunch time, the Heat have to be thrilled with his outing.
After weeks went by in between starts, Haslem pounded the boards and played with his usual tenacity. The problem is, all the toughness in the world can't make up for the height difference when Rajon Rondo lobbed it to the 7-foot Kevin Garnett over the top. The boards were crucial, but Garnett absolutely abused him underneath. That's also on Erik Spoelstra, too, for not adjusting.
After falling behind early, the Celtics just wouldn't say die. The Heat still haven't found an answer for Garnett, who continues to play like he found the fountain of youth after the regular season. Down one point with three minutes left, the Celtics then scored 11 points on four trips down the floor. The Heat couldn't recover, and the Celtics can clinch a Finals berth in Boston on Thursday.