Final after double overtime: Boston 100, Miami 98
Shane Battier missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Celtics held on for the win, which snaps their six-game losing streak. Paul Pierce records a triple double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. LeBron James had a game-high 34 points.
Second overtime: 5.1 seconds left, Boston 100, Miami 98
Jason Terry made a layup with 54.9 seconds left to pull the Celtics to within 1. Dwyane Wade missed a jumper and Paul Pierce canned a mid-range jumper with 30.4 seconds left to give the Celtics a 1-point lead. Pierce made 1 of 2 free throws after being fouled.
Second overtime: 1:02 left, Miami 98, Boston 95
LeBron James drove down the lane and finished a difficult layup while drawing a foul. He made the additional free throw. Celtics timeout.
Second overtime: 2:05 left, Boston 95, Miami 95
Rajon Rondo came out of the tunnel to watch the second overtime near the Celtics’ bench, and the Garden gave him a loud cheers when he was shown on the video screen above the court. The Celtics could use him. Chris Bosh made an easy dunk inside to tie the score.
End of the first overtime: Miami 93, Boston 93
Kevin Garnett pulled the Celtics back into this game with a pair of buckets to tie the score. Boston’s defense was strong at the very end, as Miami had two shots to win the game, but both were heavily contested, especially Dwyane Wade’s jumper as the clock neared zero. We’re headed to another overtime.
Overtime: 1:59 left, Miami 93, Boston 89
LeBron James bulled through Jason Terry for an easy layup down the middle of the lane. On the other end, Boston turned it over, and James, who has taken over this game late for Miami, scored again on a put-back beneath the basket. Timeout Celtics. James has a game-high 31 points.
Fourth quarter: 7 seconds left, Boston 87, Miami 87
LeBron James hits a 3 to tie the score with 7 seconds left. Jason Terry misses a shot at the buzzer. We’re going to overtime.
Fourth quarter: 21.2 seconds left, Boston 87, Miami 84
Jason Terry knocks down two free throws. Miami ball.
Fourth quarter: 25.1 seconds left, Boston 85, Miami 84
Kevin Garnett buried a long two-point jumper with 59.9 seconds left to give the Celtics a 4-point lead. Miami came up empty on its next possession, but then Boston turned it over and Ray Allen just knocked down a corner 3. Timeout Boston.
Fourth quarter: 3:00, Miami 80, Boston 79
LeBron James took Jeff Green one-on-one and settled for a fadeaway jumper that fell through the net to put the Heat up by 1. This is likely going to be Miami’s offense for the rest of the game: LeBron-on-five. Timeout Celtics.
Fourth quarter: 5:00, Boston 77, Miami 75
Paul Pierce ducked under a pair of defenders and sank a layup to put the Celtics back up 2. Boston’s defense, coupled with some wide-open misses by the Heat, has helped keep the Celtics in this game late, and they’re clearly feeding off the crowd.
Fourth quarter: 8:24, Boston 73, Miami 72
Jeff Green buried a corner 3-pointer to bring the Celtics to within on, and then, after LeBron James missed a 3, Leandro Barbosa scored on a put-back layup, giving Boston the lead and bringing the Garden to its feet.
Fourth quarter: 9:58, Miami 70, Boston 68
Ray Allen answered a layup by Jason Terry with a layup of his own, and then each team proceeded to enter a dry spell. As we’re winding down here, the physicality is starting to build. Expect a lot of free throws late.
Fourth quarter: 12:00, Miami 68, Boston 64
LeBron James hit a pair of jumpers near the end of the third quarter to give his team a 4-point cushion heading into the fourth. And it was in that third quarter that the Celtics announced a crushing blow: Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL. We’ll have much more on this as soon as we can.
Third quarter: 6:00, Boston 60, Miami 57
Avery Bradley gave the Celtics a 3-point lead earlier on a layup, but Miami trimmed that lead and eventually the score was tied again. But Bradley just knocked down a nothing-but-net trey from the right corner to put Boston up by 3 again. He has 9 points. The Garden is starting to show some real life.
Third quarter: 8:43, Boston 52, Miami 51
Paul Pierce left the game with what appears to be a right shoulder injury. He was briefly examined by team trainer Ed Lacerte before going back into the game to knock down a pair of free throws and give the Celtics a lead.
Halftime: Miami 45, Boston 45
The Celtics made a strong push at the end of the first half with defense and its bench, especially Leandro Barbosa, who has 7 points. Jared Sullinger has 5 points and 3 rebounds, but he’s playing with a lot of energy and has been a nuisance in the paint for the Heat. Kevin Garnett has 9 points to lead the Celtics. Chris Bosh has a game-high 12 points and LeBron James has 10. James and Dwyane Wade, who had eight points, have struggled, have combined to hit just 7 of their 18 shots. Each team is shooting 46 percent from the floor. It will be interesting to see if the Celtics can play with the same kind of energy that they displayed near the end of the first half or if Miami will impose its will.
Second quarter: 2:46, Miami 40, Boston 38
Jared Sullinger and Rashard Lewis got tangled up underneath the rim after Sullinger scored, and the officials called a technical foul on each player. It’s the first technical foul for Sullinger, a rookie. After the basket, it appeared that Lewis more or less had Sullinger in a weak headlock. Sullinger did not appreciate this.
Second quarter: 4:06, Miami 38, Boston 36
A loose ball foul on LeBron James brought some cheers out of a fairly quiet Garden crowd. A three ball by Leandro Barbosa, a jumper by Green and some stops on defense have helped keep the Celtics in this.
Second quarter: 5:39, Miami 37, Boston 31
The Celtics had cut to two before the Heat stretch their lead, capped by a pair of free throws for Wade, who has eight points on 3 of 7 shooting.
Second quarter: 8:52, Miami 31, Boston 25
Each team has 18 points in the paint, but the Celtics, who have played rather spirited without Rajon Rondo (out with a hyper-extended right knee), have not been able to retake the lead with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the bench. Still, the Celtics are getting some production from its second unit to keep the score close.
First quarter: 3:06, Miami 20, Boston 15
Chris Bosh has 10 points for Miami and has knocked down 5 of his 6 shots. Ray Allen checked in at the 4:39 mark, shortly after the Celtics played a nice tribute video to the former Boston guard. The Garden crowd gave Allen a standing ovation after the video finished playing, but there were plenty of scattered boos.
Pregame: Coming to you from TD Garden, where the Celtics (20-23) play host to the Miami Heat (28-12) and Ray Allen, who makes his first return to the Garden since leaving the Celtics last year. We’ll be filing live updates throughout, so stay tuned to the blog for in-depth coverage.
A quick update: Doc River announced before the game that Jared Sullinger will be starting today in place of Brandon Bass. This is Sullinger’s fourth overall start and first since Nov. 9.