The Boston Celtics are a win away from defeating the Miami Heat.
June 6, 2012- The Boston Celtics put the Miami Heat on the brink of elimination after defeating the Heat 94-90 Tuesday night in Miami. Miami won the first two games of the conference finals series against the Celtics only to see the veteran Celtics win the last three. Veteran Celtic Paul Pierce hit a late three-pointer to give the Celtics their margin of victory. The series now heads back to Boston for game six on Thursday. A Boston win puts them in the NBA finals against the winner of the series between Oklahoma City and San Antonio. A Miami victory sends the series back to Miami for a deciding game seven.
The Celtics seemed to get nearly all the loose balls all night long. Miami is quicker, has more depth on their team and is younger, but Boston always was in the right place at the right time. Boston’s defense also proved to be an important factor. Yes, they let LeBron James score 30 points and Dwayne Wade 27, but the two Heat players needed a combined 47 shots to score those points.
The Heat’s loss came on the night Chris Bosh returned after missing nine games. He played well, but must perform better on Thursday defensively against Kevin Garnett or Miami will lose and their season will end in disappointment.
Garnett led the Celtics in scoring with 26 points, while hauling down a team high 11 rebounds. He played as he did 17 years ago as an 18-year old rookie – spry and magnificent.