After grabbing a 2-0 lead to open up the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat could see their season come to an end on Thursday, after dropping their third straight game to the Celtics at American Airlines Arena Tuesday night, by a 94-90 margin. Celtics center Kevin Garnett was back in full “Big Ticket” mode during the contest, racking up another double-double with a team high 26 points, including two clutch shots at the line in the game’s closing seconds. Paul Pierce knocked down 19 points for the night while Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus each chipped in 13 points. Rajon Rondo only had 7 points in the contest, but he dished off 13 assists in the victory.
Heat All-Star forward LeBron James notched a double-double as he put up 30 points for the night while Dwyane Wade added 27 points in the Heat’s first loss at home in this match-up, surrendering home-court advantage in the process. Chris Bosh played for the first time since he strained an abdominal muscle in the first game of the club’s previous series against the Indiana Pacers. Bosh came off the bench with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
Although the Heat had plenty of opportunities to capture the win, neither James or Wade could put their team over the hump in the closing seconds of the contest, or stop their opponents from scoring. Boston hit their last nine shots at the line; hitting 81.5% (22-27) at the charity stripe while Miami only completed 76% (19-25) at the line. They have now put themselves in a position that they would have thought impossible just a week ago; watching the NBA Finals as spectators.
Boston will be hoping that the Leprechauns are in the “New Garden” on Thursday night as they host the Heat in game six of the series and that the little men tip a few of the home team’s shots into the basket. The Celtics do not want this series to go back to Miami; as it would truly be a tough task to capture another victory in their opponents house.