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Celtics key plays down the Stretch

Published on June 7, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Who would have thought that after losing the first two games that the Boston Celtics would be beat the Miami Heat in three games straight? That is exactly what happened with the Celtics 94 to 90 victory in game 5 at Miami. Now, the Thunder have a chance to close out the Heat in game 6 at Boston.

Leading the Celtics was Kevin Garnett he was just a man among boys. He finished the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He also played excellent defense controlling the paint. Paul Pierce finish with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Although Rajon Rondo only shot 3 of 15 from the field his impact was felt elsewhere. Rondo finished with 13 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Ray Allen and Michkael Pietrus each scored 13 points. Pietrus made a couple of big threes late.

For the Heat it was once again the two man show between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds. While Wade finished with 27 points and 6 rebounds.

While most of the 4th quarter was back and forth between the two teams there were a couple plays that I will show below that were the true difference makers in the game.

1. Rondo’s incredible pass – With the Celtics down by 6 with 6 minutes to go it looked like the Heat where going to run away with it. Rondo found Brandon Bass wide open for a dunk but Dwayne Wade came out of nowhere to block the shot. The Rebound of Wade’s block shot came out to Rondo, who made an amazing deflection pass to Mickael Pietrus in the corner. Pietrus then knocked down the three pointer. This cut the Heat lead to three and this play really gave the Celtics a boost.

2. Paul Pierce big time three pointer- With under a minute left the Celtics held a one point advantage over the Heat. The Ball was in Pierce’s hand and he was matched up against LeBron James. Pierce lined up and knocked down the three to give the Celtics a 4 point lead with 53 seconds left to go.

“I just took the shot,” Pierce said. “That’s just being in those moments so many times and understanding what your team needs. Being able to concentrate and get the best shot for us. I thought that was the best shot once I saw him back up and I was able to knock it down.”

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