Final, Celtics 85-76
The Celtics literally fight to get this win with a spirited defensive effort and 22 points combined from Tony Allen and Glen Davis. Celtics win this one ugly and that how it goes in the playoffs.
Fourth quarter, 15.8, Celtics 85-76
Celtics get two key stops and then a steal and are closing to sealing the Game 1 win. Glen Davis has been significant with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 40.0, Celtics 81-75
Fireworks have ensured as Paul Pierce gets hurt on a sidelines play and is on the near in front of the Heat bench when Kevin Garnett and Quentin Richardson get into a scuffle when Richardson tries to get too close to Pierce and pushing and shoving occur between Garnett, Richardson, Glen Davis and Udonis Haslem. The Heat will have the ball.
Fourth quarter, 2:55, Celtics 79-71
Celtics on a 32-10 run since 7:03 of the third quarter. These are the kind of runs that usually happen to them. But they have turned this game completely around with defense and balanced scoring. Paul Pierce has 16 points and Kevin Garnett 15 points. Dwyane Wade has 21 points but just 10 in the second half and 3 in the fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter, 5:24, Celtics 76-71
The Celtics are on a 29-10 run and are playing their best defense in months, quite literally. Tony Allen has 14 points off the bench and is the early X-factor. Jermaine O'Neal was an early factor but he is 3 for 14 for 8 points. Kendrick Perkins has sat most of the second half and Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis have played well.
Fourth quarter, 9:17, Celtics 71-68
Boston takes its first lead since 32-31 with 8:03 left in the second period with a 7-0 run. Most impressive about Boston's 24-7 run over two periods is its defense. The Celtics are forcing the Heat into bad shots. However, Miami has Dwyane Wade and he has 20 points and has been rather quiet during this run. Expect that to change.
End of third quarter, Heat 66-64
The Celtics showed they weren't going to wilt away by ending the quarter on a 17-5 run and making some key defensive adjustments that forced Miami into bad shots. Paul Pierce scored 11 of his 16 points in the quarter. Dwyane Wade has 20 points.
Third quarter, 2:32, Heat 63-60
Celtics on a 13-2 run, sparked by Paul Pierce, who has returned from a quiet first half with a vengeance. His 3-pointer, the Celtics' first of the game, has made this interesting and the Celtics have responded defensively to Quentin Richardson, who hit three 3-pointers. They are now forcing him to drive to the basket and that is not his game.
Third quarter, 5:40, Heat 61-51
Celtics in desperate mode, trying not to let this one slip away after Miami went on a 17-6 run to begin the second half. The Heat is shutting down the Celtics defensively, an aspect many did not consider. Boston has scored three buckets in the past 1:46 and may have something brewing.
Third quarter, 9:36, Heat 51-43
Heat on a 7-0 run after Celtics score first basket of the period. Kendrick Perkins is struggling. He has just one rebound in 19 minutes and allowed Dwyane Wade to tip-jam over him for an 8-point lead.
Halftime, Heat 44-41
Celtics are lucky to be down three after the second quarter they just produced. They were 4 for 14 from the field and scored 13 points. Luckily they held the Heat to 15 and are still within striking distance. The Big Three is 5 for 16 from the field and Ray Allen is 2 for 7 and has missed all four 3-pointers.
Second quarter, 21.5, Heat 44-39
Celtics are on one of their customary cold streaks (3 for 13 in the second quarter) and are trying to keep it close until they warm up again. Miami has a 22-15 rebounding advantage and 9 second-chance points.
Second quarter, 5:42, Heat 35-32
Celtics have gone cold from the field, starting the second quarter 1 for 7 as the Heat has attacked the boards and is trying to build a lead in this see-saw game. Jermaine O'Neal has already taken 10 shots and Dwyane Wade just five, meaing Wade will try to close this one out if it's close down the stretch.
Second quarter, 8:43, Tied at 31-31
The Celtics are holding down Wade from taking over and the rest of the Heat players are starting to miss shots. But the Celtics are too. Glen Davis has missed two layups and been blocked on another. The Heat have obviously scouted Davis and know that he pump fakes before taking any layup. Pierce and Rondo back in the game for Boston.
End of first quarter, Heat 29-28
Miami has come to play and its secondary players have flourished. Dwyane Wade has 9 points and four Heat players have 4. Tony Allen leads Boston with 8 and has been the reason they are close. His buzzer-beating layup cut the deficit to one.
First quarter, 2:23, Tied at 21
The Heat took a brief 4-point lead but the Celtics responded to Tony Allen, potentially an X-factor, who already has six points, including a streaking dunk off a nice Rajon Rondo pass. Dwyane Wade has seven points while three Heat players have 4.
First quarter, 4:35, Tied at 15
The Celtics have come out with fire but also have missed a few layups while the Heat is staying steady and close. Dwyane Wade has 5 points while Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo each have 4 for the Celtics.