June 1, 2012 – Boston, MA
Maybe it was the inspired play of the Oklahoma City Thunder the night before combined with the home crowd that inspired them. Or the cooler air up north. Whatever it was, the Boston Celtics need another fresh dose of it, as they defeated the Miami Heat 101-91 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Taking a page out of the Thunder’s playbook against the San Antonio Spurs, the Celtics ran circles around the Heat, who appeared confused and disorganized. The Heat were outscored in every period except the fourth, but by then it was too late.
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 23 points and Rajon Rondo had 21 points with 10 assists for the Celtics while Lebron James scored 34 points, Dwyane Wade had 18 and Mario Chalmers had 14 points and six assists for the Heat.
Miami’s dynamic duo were not carrying the team as they did the first two games while Kevin Garnett seemed to be the playmaker of the night. Boston went on a 15-0 run for 7 minutes spanning the end of the first quarter and into the second.
The Celtics trail the Heat two games to one.