Final, Celtics 106-77
Celtics are never threatened as cruise to a victory as convincing as they have had in years. Ray Allen finished with 25 and Glen Davis 23 while Rajon Rondo added 8 points and 12 assists. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 for Miami. The rest of the Heat players were 17 for 58 from the field.
Fourth quarter, 5:52, Celtics 99-66
The Celtics haven’t even let Miami make a big run and Gino is warming up backstage as the Celtics prepare to head to south Florida ahead 2-0. The Celtics are out-rebounding the Heat 45-24, a major sign of disinterest for Miami.
Fourth quarter, 9:02, Celtics 97-64
Celtics not letting up on Miami and they are 11 for 14 from the 3-point line, including 7 for 9 from Ray Allen. Dwyane Wade has 29 for the Heat, who look uninterested and lethargic.
End of third quarter, Celtics 85-59
The Celtics use a 20-4 run to begin the third period to put major distance between them and Miami and now they have to hold on to a big lead in the fourth quarter. Ray Allen leads Boston with 25 points and Glen Davis has 23 and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade has 26 points and the next highest Heat player has eight.
Third quarter, 11.8, Celtics 84-59
Boston has led by as many as 33 but Miami is on a 13-5 run and Dwyane Wade has 16 points in the quarter. His teammates are a combined 12 for 43, no wonder why he is considering bolting from south Florida.
Third quarter, 5:59, Celtics 66-37
Consecutive Ray Allen 3-pointers has stretched the lead to 25 and Boston has started the quarter with a 17-4 run and are playing as good as they have in weeks, despite the absence of Kevin Garnett.
Third quarter, 8:29, Celtics 56-37
The Celtics are on a 5-0 run, including a Glen Davis jumper for his 17th point and the Celtics are avoiding any Miami run.
Halftime, Celtics 49-33
The Celtics go on an improbable 21-0 run from the 9:21 mark to the 2:28 mark and led by as many as 17 in the quarter. Miami was 4 for 20 from the field in the quarter and 0 for 13 during Boston’s run. The Celtics are getting help from all sources and Doc Rivers couldn’t have dreamed that Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins would combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds and 0 fouls. The final stat is a huge one.
Second quarter, 2:56, Celtics 44-29
Run has grown out of control (19-0) as the Celtics are taking their time, pounding the ball in the paint and making good decisions off the last break. The Heat are 2 for 15 in the quarter for six points.
Second quarter, 5:11, Celtics 37-29
Heat haven’t scored since the 10:10 mark, a span of 3:59 and Glen Davis leads the Celtics with 10 points and five rebounds.
Second quarter, 7:16, Celtics 33-29
Celtics on an 8-0 run, including 3-pointers from Michael Finley and Ray Allen. The good news is the Celtics are doing this despite 38 percent shooting. Jermaine O’Neal promised to be more efficient from the field and is now 1 for 7 with 2 points. So much for efficiency.
Second quarter, 8:54, Heat 29-28
Celtics are staying close despite shooting just 9 for 26 from the field. Miami is at 44 percent and can’t pull away and the Celtics are playing solid interior defense. The difference is three 3-pointers for Miami and 8 points for Mario Chalmers.
End of first quarter, Tied at 23
Celtics led most of the quarter but Miami ends quarter on 13-4 run, nine of those points on 3-pointers. The Celtics are shooting just 7 for 22 from the field, so being tied is a good sign but the Celtics have to stop the Heat’s 3-point offense. Mario Chalmers has already hit two.
First quarter, 2:35, Celtics 19-16
Celtics had a 9-point lead but the Heat responds with consecutive 3-pointers off late defensive switches to cut the deficit to 3. Quentin Richardson has 5 points and Dwyane Wade has six.
First quarter, 6:30, Celtics 11-6
The Celtics are running effectively and Kendrick Perkins is off to a fast start. Glen Davis also has two points and two rebounds.
First quarter, 7:54, Celtics 10-4
The Celtics have started off with energy and Glen Davis has one rebound, two points and is 0 for 2 from the field. Dwyane Wade is 0 for 1 and Quentin Richardson is getting booed every time he touches the ball.