Miami Heat cruise to finals
Miami Heat reaches final for the 2nd straight time after defeating Boston Celtics in-game 7. Miami won game 7 101-88 and advances to NBA finals. It was an intense game till the 4th quarter when heat’s big came alive in the show and took the game away from Celtics. Bosh throws some big 3 pointers and stole the momentum. In a tense battle, the Heat took over in the 4th quarter to beat Celtics and book a return trip to the NBA finals. James led the way with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Heat played splendidly and flawlessly. Both team played well but it was heat that held their nerve till the end and won the game. Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3-pointers – the last sparking the run that put it away – and the Miami Heat won their second straight Eastern Conference title. Rajon Rondo finished with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for Boston, which got 19 points from Paul Pierce in what, might be the last game of the “Big Four” era for the Celtics.
Down by seven at the half and eight early in the third quarter, Miami started clawing back. An 8-0 run tied it at 59-all, capped by Wade hitting a jumper, and then the fun really started. There were six lead changes and five more ties in the final 7 minutes of the third. Six games decided nothing, and nothing was decided in Game 7 until the very last moments, neither team yielding much of anything. Battier’s 3-pointer with 8:06 left in the third cut Boston’s lead at the time to 59-57. And back and forth they went. And back and forth they went. For the next 13 minutes, a span of 46 dizzying, unbelievable possessions, neither team led by more than two points. That finally changed when Bosh his third 3-pointer with 7:17 left. James made a runner on the next Miami trip, and suddenly the Heat had their biggest lead of the night to that point, 88-82 with 6:54 remaining. Brandon Bass scored 16, Ray Allen finished with 15 and Kevin Garnett scored 14 for the Celtics. Team that was under .500 at the All-Star break almost made the NBA finals. “One game away on the road, banged up. I don’t know if we could have gotten any more from the group,” Rivers said. Heat will play at OKC in game 1 on Tuesday. For true basketball fans, Heat-Thunder finals is heaven.