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Final: Celtics 91, Heat 72

Posted by Staff  April 1, 2012 03:40 PM

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Final score, Celtics, 91-72: The Celtics maintained their Atlantic Division lead, taking a 29-point advantage in the final quarter, both teams clearing the bench in the final minutes.

4th quarter, 6:38, Celtics, 89-60: Rajon Rondo got to 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists -- his 13th successive double-figure assist game.

End of 3d quarter, Celtics, 80-56: The Celtics closed the quarter with a 25-6 run over the final 7:34, Rajon Rondo driving to score on the their final possession with 1.6 seconds on the clock.

3d quarter, 1:42, Celtics, 74-54: The Celtics went on a 17-2 run over a 4:17 span. The Heat twice called timeouts in an attempt to break the momentum. Avery Bradley turned one post-timeout Heat possession into a steal, leading to two Paul Pierce foul shots.

3d quarter, 5:19, Celtics, 65-52: Kevin Garnett converted a jumper and a layup off a Rajon Rondo pass in a 70-second span.

3d quarter, 7:01, Celtics, 59-50: Avery Bradley converted two layups off Rajon Rondo feeds in a 2:01 span.

End of 1st half, Celtics, 49-44: Brandon Bass followed a Rajon Rondo drive, drawing a foul and hitting two free throws with one second remaining. Rondo had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.

2d quarter, 6:05, Celtics, 34-33: The Heat outscored the Celtics' starters, 10-0, over a three-minute span, leading to a timeout.

2d quarter, 9:04, Celtics, 34-23: Kevin Garnett and the reserves extended the Celtics, Avery Bradley hitting a shot-clock buzzer 3-pointer and Greg Stiemsma scoring off a Keyon Dooling assist.

End of 1st quarter, Celtics, 29-19: The Celtics maintained their edge as Greg Stiemsma replaced Kevin Garnett for half the quarter. Stiemsma scored two points and also provided inside defending, drawing a charge from Chris Bosh.

1st quarter, 2:43, Celtics,21-12: Rajon Rondo continued to push the Celtics' offense, finding Paul Pierce for a 3-pointer and Brandon Bass for a drive resulting in two foul shots. Rondo passes and points led to all but two of the Celtics' points.

1st quarter, 8:17, Celtics,9-4: Rajon Rondo scored on three successive drives in a 55-second span, totaling seven points and assisting on Kevin Garnett's jumper.

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