2012 NBA Playoffs: The Heat Is On

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Heat 115 Celtics 111 OT
MIA 2-0

The Miami Heat outlasted the Boston Celtics 115-111 in an overtime thriller to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Miami Heat overcame a 15-point deficit to win the game. LeBron James was the high point man for the Heat with 34 points, 18 of which came from the free throw line. James went to the line 24 times while Boston as a team went to the line 29 times. Dwyane Wade did what James couldn’t do in regulation and closed out the game in overtime. Wade finished with 23 points.

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The story for Boston tonight was Rajon Rondo. Even in a losing effort Rondo put together one of the best road performances in NBA Playoff history. Not only did Rondo play the full 53 minutes, he also put in a career high 44 points. Rajon, who is not known for his shooting made numerous jump shots as well as nifty layups. Rondo also finished with 10 assists and 8 rebounds. He became the first player in Celtics history to finish with 40 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds in a playoff game. Rondo should have gotten to the line for a shot at 46 points as he was clearly hacked in the face by Dwyane Wade on a driving layup attempt but no foul was called. That no-call with a little over a minute to
play seemed to be the turning point in the overtime.

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The Celtics will look to get back into this series in Boston for games 3 and 4.

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