Celtics burn the Heat
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:04p.m.
By James Bennett
After being told they were too old, the Boston Celtics are now just one win away from a NBA finals series but starting out in Miami today it was the Heat who were hot early.
It was looking good for Miami and got better as they welcomed back injured start Chris Bosch with almost immediate impact.
The Heat were in control 24-16 after the first quarter and it continued in the second.
Lebron James made it 31-18 over Ray Allen - until the visitors kicked into gear.
Kevin Garnett's strong work in the paint en route to a 26 point haul helped the Celtics close the gap and it was 42-40 to the Heat at halftime.
Third quarter and Boston made short work of the halftime deficit, drawing level before a strong back end to the quarter.
They had a five point lead heading into the last and as the big names from both sides traded three point bombs it was clear this one was going down to the wire.
Boston managed to hold their nerve when it counted where the Heat couldn't – and some quality shooting beyond the arc set the stage for the man they call The Truth to seal the game in the clutch.
The Celtics won by four - 94-90 - and now have a chance to seal the series at home in Boston in game six on Friday.
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