First quarter, Celtics 29-21
Celtics come out and shoot 67 percent and get 9 points from Paul Pierce as a late-period run opens the lead to 8. Rajon Rondo finishes with eight points and four rebounds in the quarter while Carlos Arroyo comes out of witness protection and tallies 6 points for Miami.
Second quarter, Celtics 48-38
Both teams were poor offensively combining to hit 11 of 41 shots. The Celtics go on a 9-1 run to lead 42-30 and after a Miami surge, score the last four points of the half for a double-digit lead. Wade scores just 5 points in the period and TD Garden crowd are fearing he has a lot more jumpers left. They were right.
Third quarter, Celtics 71-65
Believe it or not, the Celtics actually led by 21 in the quarter after a 19-8 run to begin the second half. But 4 points in the final 6:56 and some sharp shooting from Wade and Mario Chalmers turn this into a close game again and the crowd gets anxious. Wade scores 10 in the quarter and Chalmers adds 9. Michael Beasley does not play.
Final, Celtics 96-86
Wade scores 5 straight points, cuts Boston’s lead to 73-70 with 10:14 left and the crowd is sensing another collapse. But Ray Allen completes a 3-point play and later hits a 3-pointer for an 82-74 lead with 8:20 left and another 6-0 run increases the lead to 12 with 5:34 left. The Heat don’t threaten again. Wade scores 3 points in the final 9:50.