Final, Heat 115-107 Dwyane Wade scores 29 points, LeBron James adds 26 in 29 minutes before of leg cramps and Ray Allen drops in 19 for the Heat, who led nearly the entire way. The Celtics got 23 points from Paul Pierce, 20 from Rajon Rondo, who fouled Wade hard late in the game and had to be removed.
Fourth quarter, 1:15, Heat 115-107 The Celtics cut the deficit to 4 with a 14-3 run but Chris Bosh has responded with 4 points of his own and the Celtics wasted a scoring opportunity on the last possession. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 4:03, Heat 109-101 The Celtics are trying to make one last run and thank Leandro Barbosa for this rally. He has 14 points in 12 minutes while Kevin Garnett just completed a conventional three-point play to make it interesting. Dwyane Wade has 27 points, LeBron James 26 and Ray Allen 17 for the Heat.
Fourth quarter, 9:01, Heat 100-85 The good news for the Celtics is the bench is producing. Leandro Barbosa has all 9 points in the quarter and the bench has scored 20 points. The bad news is the Miami bench has 30, including 17 from Ray Allen and 10 from Rashard Lewis.
End of third quarter, Heat 93-76 Heat end the quarter on a 12-2 run and the Celtics look done, giving up their third straight 31-point quarter. Miami is shooting 56.7 percent and 7 of 13 from the 3-point line. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have a combined 22 points. Miami looks like the defending champions and the Celtics look like they have a lot of work to do.
Third quarter, 1:49, Heat 87-76 The Heat continue to flirt with putting this game away and Chris Bosh has scored 6 of Miami’s past 8 points as LeBron James is being traded for an injury in the locker room. Bosh has 12 points, James has 22. Paul Pierce is the lone offensive threat tonight for the Celtics with 23 points in 31 minutes.
Third quarter, 4:40, Heat 79-70 The Celtics have no answer for LeBron James, who continues to torch them from the perimeter. He has 22 points, 7 in the quarter as Miami is threatening to pull away. The Celtics are not getting much from Courtney Lee, who has 7 points but four fouls and has not been an offensive weapon. Jeff Green has 1 point in 14 minutes.
Third quarter, 9:06, Heat 67-58 LeBron James begins the second half with an open 3-pointer and Dwayne Wade follows with a layup off a cut to the basket, so the Celtics continue to struggle on defense. Paul Pierce has 16 points for Boston.
Halftime, Heat 62-54: Celtics had a chance to slice the deficit to 2, but then miss a layup, commit a loose-ball foul for two Ray Allen free throws and then allow LeBron James to drive uncontested for a two-handed hammer dunk. So they trail by 8 after a putrid defensive first half. The Heat is shooting 51.2 percent and Allen has 13 points. James has 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
Second quarter, 2:18, Heat 57-50: The Celtics can’t stop Miami’s transition game and Ray Allen is becoming a big factor. He has 11 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer to beat the 24-second clock. Meanwhile, the Celtics still have no one to contain LeBron James who has 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Kevin Garnett has been a non factor with 2 points in 12 minutes.
Second quarter, 6:33, Heat 43-42: This game is very reminiscent of the past Celtics-Heat games where the Celtics are fighting to stay close. They are on an 11-3 run, thanks to 8 straight points from Jason Terry. The Heat have cooled off from the field after shooting 56 percent in the first one-plus quarters. They are down to 48.
Second quarter, 9:20, Heat 40-31: The Celtics are trying to beat Miami without playing defense and as you know that won’t work. The Heat just canned their fourth 3-pointer of the game and are shooting 56 percent. The Celtics are shooting 54 percent but have nine turnovers and 2 points from Kevin Garnett, who refused to shake Ray Allen’s hand when offered in the first quarter.
End of first quarter, Heat 31-25: Well, you knew this would happen. Ray Allen hit his first 3-pointer just seconds after entering the game and then added two free throws as the Heat shoot 52.4 percent and drain three 3-pointers for a 6-point lead. Boston committed five turnovers and shot 50 percent but got no points from Kevin Garnett.
First quarter, 2:45, Heat 22-21: Miami is on an 8-4 run as the Celtics appear tired and turnover prone. LeBron James has 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Ray Allen is about to check into the game. So far, no interaction between he, Pierce, Garnett or Doc Rivers.
First quarter, 5:39, Celtics 17-14: The Celtics are 7-for-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, including the first as a Celtic from Courtney Lee from the side pocket for the lead. A couple of points here, Lee’s defense against Dwyane Wade has been effective and Shane Battier has picked right up where he left off last season with two 3-pointers.
First quarter, 7:40, Celtics 10-8: It’s a 3-point battle so far as Paul Pierce has two for Boston and Shane Battier has 2 for the Heat. LeBron James has a midrange jumper while Brandon Bass has the other 2 points for the Celtics. Miami is doubling Rajon Rondo to get the ball out of his hands.