What a shot to force the first overtime, but the Heat couldn't finish it off. In his first visit to the TD Garden since that merciless Game 6, James barely loosened his grip on the Celtics. Down three points with less than 10 seconds left in regulation, LeBron recovered a loose ball and drained a pull-up 3-pointer from the top of the key to send it into overtime. Huge individual effort.
Wade was held scoreless for the final 16 minutes of the game. After averaging more than 30 points in his past three contests, Wade struggled mightily to find rhythm. Though he did get Avery Bradley with that patented pump-fake jumper early, he couldn't get Paul Pierce with it at the end of the first overtime. Wade wasn't able to puncture the defense as easily as he has been recently and had some bizarre turnovers late.
Can they get him more looks? Bosh was the difference-maker for the Heat in the first half. Picking up where he left off in Game 7 of the playoffs, Bosh was on top of his game, swishing jumpers and grabbing rebounds against Boston's front line. Credit Kevin Garnett for neutralizing Bosh offensively after halftime, but it was a huge effort from Bosh on the glass and on D.
Quite a day for Allen. His reception in Boston was decidedly mixed with a blend of cheers and jeers when he checked into the game the first time. But he let his game speak for itself, including a gutsy 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in regulation from his favorite spot on the floor, the left corner. He was the only Heat 2-guard who showed up late.
What an uplifting win. Entering with six straight losses, the reeling Celtics were dealt yet another blow when it was announced in the third quarter that Rajon Rondo would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Once the news broke publicly, the Celtics came alive with Jeff Green leading the charge and they held on for the win. It was an incredible collective effort from the battered and emotionally beaten C's. Don't count these guys out.