Boston Celtics Tie Series With Miami Heat 93-91 in Overtime
The Boston Celtics have tied the Eastern Conference Title series 2-2 after beating the Miami Heat 93-91 in overtime on Monday night at the TD Garden. The Celtics took advantage of the absence of Chris Bosh who has missed nine games now due to injury and LeBron James who fouled with 1:51 left in overtime.
James could have played hero in regulation with the score tied at 89-all. The reigning NBA MVP had the ball in the dying seconds but he threw an awkward pass to teammate Udonis Haslem who missed the rim badly at the buzzer. The Heat could only score a single basket in overtime on a drive by Haslem to take a momentary lead at 91-89.
Leading scorer Paul Pierce scored 23 points before fouling out. Rajon Rondo took over the game to finish with 15 points and 15 assists. Rondo scored the go-ahead basket and the final three points of the game to seal the victory for the Celtics.
The series has now become a best-of-three with Game 5 on Tuesday in Miami. Game 6 is set for Thursday back at the Garden while Game 7 if necessary will be played in Miami. So far the home team has the advantage in the series.
If Rajon Rondo keeps playing brilliantly in succeeding games, we just might see the Boston Celtics make another finals appearance with either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder who are tied 2-2 in the Western Conference finals.