The Boston Celtics pulled back a game in their series against the Miami Heat Saturday, with a 101-91 victory off the back of a big game from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.
Despite being outplayed in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics bounced back to get an important win thanks to a 24 point, 11 rebound night from KG, while Rondo added 21 points and 10 assists.
Boston were on top for most of the game, leading by as many as 24 points early in the fourth, before Miami drew back to reduce the margin to as few as 8 points.
LeBron James was the games top scorer, putting up 34 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
In a big difference from Game 2, Boston were able to reduce Miami and LeBron’s trips to the free throw line. The Heat struggled from the line, only shooting at 50% compared to the Celtics 77%.
Game 3 MVP: Kevin Garnett
Garnett has been one of the inspirational forces behind the Celtics playoff run. At age 36, you would expect him to be playing reduced minutes coming off the bench. During Game 3, he played 34 minutes, leading the Celtics in scoring and rebounding.
In true Garnett fashion, after a receiving a hard knock from Udonis Haslem early in the second quarter, he rolled over and performed 8 pushups on his knuckles to the delights of the sold out TD Garden crowd. (video below)
In what will probably be the last year of the Big 4 in Boston, KG is showing that he won’t be letting this opportunity go to waste.
The Celtics will be looking to carry their momentum they picked up Saturday into Game 4. Miami will have to shut down the Big 4 if they want to walk out of Boston with the win.
Game 4 kicks off Monday at 10:30 EST from the TD Garden.