|Steals||Rondo, Tony Allen||2||O’Neal, Wade||2|
First quarter, Heat 29-27
Dwyane Wade tallied 15 points but the Heat also get contributions from the bench (12 points) as Miami leads by as many as 5 in the quarter and tries to make a statement. Paul Pierce scores 9 in the quarter while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each add 6. The key was Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson each picked up two quick fouls.
Halftime, Heat 49-48
Celtics actually threaten to pull away with a 10-0 run and a 39-31 lead but the Heat’s complementary players spark a 12-4 run. Mario Chalmers makes an impact with six points and Richardson adds 5. Wade doesn’t score in the period. Dorell Wright ends the half with a 3-pointer to complete Miami’s run for a 1-point lead.
Third quarter, Celtics 80-72
In a preview of the final play, Pierce begins to take over with the last 9 points of the quarter as the Celtics end the quarter on an 11-2 run for an 8-point lead. Pierce and Allen each score 11 points in the quarter while Wade counters with 13, nine of those on 3-pointers. Wade appears to be cramping, so he starts depending on outside shots instead of taking that ball to the basket.
Final Celtics 100-98
Heat go on a 20-11 run and pass the Celtics with two Dorell Wright free throws for a 92-91 lead with 3:45 left and the game turns into a Celtics classic. Pierce ties the game with a free throw and Udonis Haslem counters with a jumper. Allen puts the Celtics ahead with a 3-pointer with 2:30 left and after a Haslem free throw ties the game, Allen puts the Celtics up 98-95 with a 3-pointer. Wright evens the game at 98 with 1:29 left. Each team misses two chances to go ahead before Pierce’s 21-footer to win it. Celtics lead series 3-0.