Ray Allen officially ended the Big Three era in Boston by jumping ship in Miami during the summer of 2012. Last night in Miami, Allen helped officially end the seasons of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
The sharpshooting guard buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining and later added a pair of clutch free throws to help cap a 12-0 Heat run over the final three minutes of the contest. The late rally give Miami a 96-94 win in Game 5 and a 4-1 series win over the Brooklyn Nets in the best-of-seven matchup.
Miami’s late comeback against Pierce and Garnett’s squad was eerily familiar to the pair’s season-ending losses to the Heat in South Beach during their Celtics days. In fact, three of the duos past four seasons have ended now with a loss in Miami.
During the 2010-11 postseason, the Celtics blew a six-point lead against Miami in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Heat closed out that contest with a 16-0 run over the final 4:28 of the game to win the series by a 4-1 margin.
One year later, Garnett and Pierce’s season came to a halt in Florida once again during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Lebron James and co. finished off that come-from-behind win with a 20-6 run in the fourth quarter.
Allen left Boston after that contest for the sunny skies of Miami, which led to the first head-to-head playoff matchup between Ray and the longtime Celtics.
Last night’s heroics by Allen gives him the upper hand in what will likely be the final chance by Garnett and Pierce to get revenge against their former teammate.