Off the back of some classy play from Rajon Rondo Monday, the Celtics were able to level their Eastern Conference finals series against the Miami Heat at 2-2 with a 93-91 overtime victory.
During the first half, Rondo toyed with Miami’s defense, recording 15 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds, while Kevin Garnett was one of six Celtics to reach double figures, scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds.
LeBron James as usual topped the scorers list, racking up 29 points and 6 rebounds, while Udonis Haslem recorded a double double with his 12 points and 17 rebounds.
The Celtics had a huge first half, dominating Miami on both ends of the court, being up 61-47 at the big break, leading by as many as 18 during the second quarter.
Miami however were able to fight back after the break, taking a two point lead with 8 minutes to go, before sending it into OT.
As the game moved into the fourth quarter, key players from both teams saw themselves in foul trouble. In the closing minutes of regulation, Paul Pierce picked up his sixth personal foul, forcing him to take a seat on the bench, before LeBron was fouled out at the start of overtime.
Game 3 MVP: Rajon Rondo
Rondo’s performance Monday showed why he is quite possibly the MVP on the Celtics lineup. He torched the Miami defense throughout the game, making ridiculous passes on his way to his 15 point, 15 assist and 5 rebound performance.
In one of the most interesting half time interviews in some time, when asked by ESPN’s Doris Burke about exploiting the Heats defense, Rondo responded with “Them complaining and crying to the referees in transition”.
This will surely add fuel to the fire between the two Eastern Conference heavyweights when the two sides square off in Game 5.
Miami will have to take a step back after Game 4 and look at the way they have played during their past two losses. If they have any hope of moving onto the NBA Finals and clinching a championship, they really have to put together a full performance in Game 5 in front of their home fans.
Game 5 will takes place Wednesday at 10:30am EST at the American Airlines Arena.
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