It's all over (FINAL: Celtics 105, Heat 98)
Not even a substantial effort by Dwyane Wade in the second half could power the Heat past the Celtics tonight. Wade had 21 points in the half but came up short when it counted, the Celtics stifling the MVP-candidate down the stretch in a 105-98 win over the Miami Heat tonight at TD Banknorth Garden. Paul Pierce had 28 points for the Celtics, who earned their 60th win of the season.
Two more (0:32 fourth quarter, Celtics 101-95)
A stop, and two free throws by Paul Pierce extends the lead for the Celtics.
Just in time (0:57 fourth quarter, Celtics 99-95)
A little too much passing, but Kendrick Perkins finds Glen Davis for a lay-up as the shot clock hits zero. Celtics up by four.
Sneaky (1:37 fourth quarter, Celtics 97-95)
Pierce just drew two fouls on Wade in the same possession, earning a couple of free throws. He made both.
An honor duel (2:13 fourth quarter, Tied at 95)
Pierce (24 points) and Wade (31 points) back and forth here. This is getting good. Flashes of the Pierce-LeBron duel in Game 7 last year, though the stakes are obviously much lower.
Wade ties it (6:09 fourth quarter, Tied at 85)
Dagger from behind the arc. Tie ballgame. Wade's got 29. He's 10-of-15 from the field.
Locked in a tight one (8:39 fourth quarter, Celtics 81-78)
We've got a game here, folks. Celtics shooting 45 percent and clinging to a lead. Miami's Dwyane Wade is back on the court. Not many players are scarier in the fourth quarter.
Wade banged up (END third quarter, Celtics 79-72)
Dwyane Wade must have heard me, because he scored eight quick points right after I pointed out that he hasn't done much this game. Wade has 20 points, but he went to the bench at the end of the quarter after he appeared to twist an ankle.
From way downtown (6:13 third quarter, Celtics 65-60)
Ray Allen knocked in a three-pointer to put the Celtics up by five. Haven't mentioned Dwyane Wade much, and that's because he has a fairly pedestrian 12 points and 7 assists.
C's getting it done (END second quarter, Celtics 54-47)
Several standout performances for the Celtics in the first half. Glen Davis has 12 points and 6 rebounds. Rajon Rondo has 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. And Stephon Marbury made 4-of-5 shots in a limited role off the bench.
Big role for Baby (1:24 second quarter, Celtics 49-43)
Glen Davis just nailed one of his increasingly-routine jumpers to put the Celtics up six. Solid game for Davis so far, though he just went to the bench with his third personal foul.
O'Neal T'd up (3:43 second quarter, Celtics 42-39)
Jermaine O'Neal thought he had a clean block on Glen Davis. He got called for the foul and didn't like it. Davis sank both free throws.
Timeout (5:25 second quarter, Celtics 37-36)
Stephon Marbury has been highly involved so far tonight. He's got 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting, and one assist to no turnovers. He's looked a little behind on defense, however, picking up two fouls.
A walking foul (9:30 second quarter, Heat 29-28)
Mikki Moore just picked up his third foul of the game in four minutes of play. Slow on the rotation, Moore allowed Miami's Jamaal Magloire to beat him to the spot in the lane.
Not bad considering (END first quarter, Heat 25-22)
The Celtics shot 33 percent from the floor in the first quarter, but the score is till tight here early. Paul Pierce (7 points and 4 rebounds) is the only real standout of the game so far.
Moore of the same (1:49 first quarter, Heat 20-15)
First sub of the game for the Celtics? Mikki Moore, of course. He replaces Kendrick Perkins.
Timeout, Celtics (5:15 first quarter, Heat 12-8)
Bad shooting for the Celtics so far. They're just 4-of-14 for 29 percent. Starters will be back on the court for the C's after the timeout though. No subs yet.
Slow start (9:41 first quarter, Celtics 2-0)
Ray Allen scores the first bucket of the game on an end-to-end lay in.
Ray Allen was just presented with the fourth ever Red Auerbach award, given to the Celtics player who exemplifies the drive and determination of the late Celtics patriarch.