Final, Celtics 100-98
Paul Pierce drains 21 footer at buzzer and the Celtics take 3-0 lead in series. Pierce worked clock down and then sunk jumper in face of Dorell Wright.
Fourth quarter, 11.7 Tied at 98
Ray Allen misses a 3-pointer and a cramping Dwyane Wade then launches 3-pointer that clangs off rim and falls to the floor writhing in pain. Paul Pierce grabs rebound and Celtics have chance to win.
Fourth quarter, 46.0 Tied at 98
Udonis Haslem ties the game with one free throw and Paul Pierce counters with a 3-pointer. Dorell Wright, having his best game of the series, counters with a 3-ball of his own to tie. Both teams trade defensive stops and Celtics call time out with the ball and 23 seconds on shot clock. Look for a 2-for-1 play.
Fourth quarter, 2:10 Celtics 95-94
Heat finish 8-1 run with two Dorell Wright free throws for 1-point lead and extend lead to two with Udonis Haslem jumper. Ray Allen strikes back with 3-pointer and Kendrick Perkins fouls Haslem, who will go to the line for two free throws.
Fourth quarter, 5:55 Celtics 89-84
Celtics trying to hold on but Michael Beasley has finally decided to step up and make a difference. He has eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics are a couple of stops from taking control but the Heat have the ball following a Kendrick Perkins offensive foul.
Fourth quarter, 9:57 Celtics 85-76
Celtics trading baskets with Heat, which is good for them since they have the lead. Paul Pierce has turned on to his A-game with a 3-pointer that forced Miami coach Erik Spoelstra to call time out. Dwyane Wade leads Miami with 28.
End of third quarter, Celtics 80-72
Celtics finish third quarter with flurry, thanks to Paul Pierce, who scored the last nine points of an 11-2 run to end the quarter. Dwyane Wade is furious, having picked up a technical after being called for a defensive foul on Pierce. Wade claims Pierce pushed him off. Look for Wade to look for his shot even more in the fourth quarter. he’s angry.
Third quarter, 3:02, Heat 68-67
You get the feeling this game is going down to the final minutes as neither team can take a comfortable lead. Dwyane Wade has 24 points, the only Heat player in double figures. Rajon Rondo has 15 for Celtics.
Third quarter, 6:18, Celtics 62-61
Both teams have started off firing and the Celtics are hanging in because of two Ray Allen 3-pointers and two Kevin Garnett jumpers. Celtics are on a 6-0 run highlighted by a steal of Dwyane Wade by Rajon Rondo and a Rondo dunk. Line of the night: Kendrick Perkins 0 points (0 for 4), 10 rebounds, 4 turnovers.
Halftime Heat 49-48
Heat end second quarter on an 18-9 run and the positive for Miami is that Dwyane Wade did not score in the period. Dorell Wright has 9 points and Mario Chalmers has 6. The Celtics are shooting 46 percent and are getting solid performances from Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo but Rondo has three fouls.
Second quarter, 5:23 Celtics 41-38
Celtics run off 10 straight points for a 39-31 lead but the Heat have scored seven of the next nine points to slice the lead. The Celtics are shooting nearly 54 percent from the field while Miami is at 50.
Second quarter, 9:30 Celtics 33-31
The Celtics have used four points from Rajon Rondo and a jumper from Rasheed Wallace to take a 2-point lead. Rondo has 10 points, 3 assists and one steal. Udonis Haslem has hit all three of his shots.
End of first quarter, Heat 29-27
The Celtics are staying close despite the Heat making all the momentum plays including two alley-oop dunks by Dwyane Wade and Dorell Wright. Wade has 15 points but the rest of the Heat are 6 for 15 from the field. The Celtics are led by Paul Pierce’s 9 points and Rajon Rondo has 6.
First quarter, 2:39, Heat 21-18
The Celtics are off to a cold shooting start (6 for 16) but they are hanging in while the Heat remains a one-man team (Dwyane Wade has 11 points) and no production from the point guard.
First quarter, 5:58, Tied at 10
Dwyane Wade has eight of the 10 Miami points and the rest of the Heat players are 1 for 7 from the field. The Celtics are 4 for 12 and are playing a more up-tempo game. The atmosphere is not exactly daunting for the Celtics. The lower bowl is about 70 percent full.
First quarter, 6:43, Celtics 9-6
The AAA is not exactly jumping yet with the arena about 65 percent full. And Dwyane Wade has scored 4 of the 6 points for the Heat. Kevin Garnett is getting booed each time he touches the ball.