LeBron James and Dwyane Wade know they have their work cut out for them.
The Miami Heat had to make an epic comeback, but ultimately fell short in overtime and lost to the Boston Celtics 93-91. LeBron James and Paul Pierce each fouled out in the overtime session, but without LeBron the Heat offense couldn't get going. James fouled out with 1:51 left in the game with Miami down by 1. After that, the Heat didn't score another point and lost by 2.
James finished with an almost average 29 points and 6 rebounds, considering the kind of games we've been getting from him lately. Turning the ball over 7 times is a little higher then usual too. Wade got to 20 points, adding 7 boards and 6 assists, but overall the Heat's dynamic duo need to have a bit more of an impact if they are going to beat the Celtics.
For the second straight game Miami got off to a poor start, this time falling behind by as many as 14 in the opening minutes of the game. It ballooned to 18 in the final minutes of the first half before the Heat began their comeback. They outscored Boston 21-12 in the 3rd quarter and 42-28 in the entire 2nd half. It was a great comeback that fell short once LeBron James fouled out.
Rajon Rondo had another solid game, only scoring 15 points but adding 15 assists and scoring the final 3 points of the game for Boston. Kevin Garnett added 17 and 14, giving the Heat fits at times during the 1st half. Ray Allen was feeling it for a while, making 3 of his first 4 attempts from downtown, but missed several shots in the 2nd half.
The Celtics only production from the bench came from Keyon Dooling, who popped in 10 points, and Marquis Daniels 1 point. Each of their five starters scored in double figures, combining for 82 points, 34 rebounds and 22 assists. Boston is now tied with the Heat 2 games apiece in the Eastern Conference Finals, with two of the remaining 3 possible games scheduled to take place in Miami.
The Heat are going to have to harness the ways they have played well during Game's 3 and 4 and turn that into a full 48 minutes effort on Tuesday night at the AAA. Getting the kind of games they have been from Udonis Haslem will certainly help. He picked up 12 points and 17 rebounds in his 35 minutes of work.
Haslem saw his playing time increase at the expense of Ronny Turiaf's minutes, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Joel Anthony and didn't see any playing time as a result. All in all the thing that Heat fans need to hope for is that Miami feeds off of their home crowd, which should be awesome, and not have any big lapses in their game. That is what plagued them in Round 2 and it's resurfacing again here in Round 3.