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Final: Miami 101, Celtics 92

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 25, 2010 01:04 PM

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Final, Heat 101-92
Dwyane Wade burns the Celtics with 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics kill their own rally with five missed free throws in the final 2:36 and fall, sending the series back to Boston for Game 5. Now the pressure shifts to Boston because the Celtics definitely don't want to come back to Miami.

Fourth quarter, 33.7, Heat 99-92
Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett each miss two free throws and the Celtics are booking themselves a ticket for Tuesday night at TD Garden with their collapse down the stretch. Miami has been stymied offensively but the Celtics keep missing chances to cut the lead to one possession. Now it's too late.

Fourth quarter, 1:46, Heat 96-92
Ray Allen has missed three free throws in the past 45 seconds, including both with 1:46 left that could have sliced the lead to 2. Can't remember the last time he missed both ends of a one-and-one. Heat have the ball but haven't scored since the 4:43 mark.

Fourth quarter, 5:48, Heat 93-82
Celtics trying to make one final surge but Dwyane Wade is playing out of his mind in the fourth quarter with 18 points as Miami is trying to go back to Boston and extend the series. Wade has 45 points, 24 coming on 3-pointers.

Fourth quarter, 5:48, Heat 93-82
The Celtics are letting this one slip away as Dwyane Wade has scored a whopping 17 points in 6:12 of the fourth quarter and has 44. The Celtics have 5 points in that same span and are frazzled by the pace. Celtics are going to need a big spurt in the next few minutes or the series is headed back to Boston.

Fourth quarter, 9:13, Heat 85-80
Dwyane Wade is taking over with 11 of Miami's 14 points in the first 2:47 of the quarter. He has hit three 3-pointers and has 38 points. The Celtics aren't playing bad defense but Wade, a 30 percent 3-point shooter this season, has just been money from beyond the arc.

End of third quarter, Celtics 77-71
A 22-9 run in the final 6:28 of the quarter have put the Celtics ahead but the Heat are good for at least one more run left. Rajon Rondo has 20 and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have 15 while Dwyane Wade has 27 for the Heat.

Third quarter, 2:45, Celtics 68-64
Boston on a 13-2 run to take their first lead since early in the first quarter as Miami has once again turned into a one-man team. Rajon Rondo has 18 points and seven assists while Kevin Garnett has 14. Dwyane Wade has 24 points while Quentin Richardson has 16 but 3 since the first quarter.

Third quarter, 5:01, Heat 62-59
Teams trading baskets as the Celtics attempt to make another run at the Heat, who haven't played all that well since their blazing first quarter. Dwyane Wade has 22 points for Miami while Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each have 14 points.

Halftime, Heat 49-43
The Celtics are really fortunate to be down only 6 after a mistake-filled, foul-filled first half that saw them trail by as many as 17. The bench has provided a lift with 14 points, including 6 from Tony Allen. The Heat are being led by Dwyane Wade and Quentin Richardson, who have 29 points on 13-for-21 shooting. Michael Beasley has added 11 but it seems like the Heat should lead by more than 6.

Second quarter, 4:56, Heat 43-34
Celtics on a 9-1 run despite three fouls each for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. So the goal for the Celtics is to stay close and avoid a Dwyane Wade scoring surge.

Second quarter, 7:21, Heat 42-25
Boston has made zero progress in cutting into the Heat lead, even though Miami's top two players were out of the game. Michael Beasley has come alive for the Heat's past 6 points.

Second quarter, 8:39, Heat 38-24
With Dwyane Wade and Quentin Richardson out, the Celtics have a chance to rally but can't so far with just one field goal in the first 3:21 of the quarter. Miami is shooting 59 percent for the game and has just three turnovers. The Celtics have turned the ball over 11 times.

End of first quarter, Heat 31-18
Two Celtics buckets in the final 1:05 of the half may have saved them from getting completely blown out here. The Celtics have taken just 15 shots compared with 23 for Miami and they have also committed nine turnovers. Quentin Richardson and Dwyane Wade have combined for 27 of Miami's points.

First quarter, 2:48, Heat 26-14
Miami is on a 9-0 run and Quentin Richardson looks like he is facing Northwestern with 13 points while Dwyane Wade has 9 points and three assists. Wade also added a sick double-pump reverse dunk after a steal.

First quarter, 4:18, Heat 20-14
Celtics are warming up and Rajon Rondo cans a 3-pointer followed by a Paul Pierce 3-point play to slice into a 10-point lead. Dwyane Wade has 5 for Miami and Quentin Richardson has 11.

First quarter, 7:53, Heat 12-2
The Celtics have already committed four turnovers and have just three shot attempts. Miami is playing with some passion but let's see if they can sustain it.

First quarter, 8:51, Heat 8-2
Quentin Richardson has scored the first 8 points for Miami while the Celtics are off to a slow start and look lethargic. Boston already has three turnovers.

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