June 9, 2012 – Miami, FL
Call it the Miamishank Redemption – when Lebron James led the Miami Heat to victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, 101-88. By doing so, he established himself as a clutch player who could rise to the occasion.
Following last year’s defeat to the Dallas Mavericks, James was dogged by criticisms that he was not championship caliber, inept in the clutch.
After scoring 45 points in Game 6 and another 31 points in Game 7 along with 12 rebounds, James has erased all doubts as to where his head and heart are while under pressure. Dwyane Wade added 23 points, six rebounds and six assists while Chris Bosh scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Boston Celtics were led by Rajon Rondo’s 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Pierce added 19 points.
The Celtics led by seven at the end of the first half but the Heat began a sustained comeback that could not be stopped. A 10-2 run late in the third quarter put the Heat back in the lead as six Heat players contributed to the scoring. The Celtics could not keep up, scoring just six points in the final 8:49.
The Heat play the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night in Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the NBA finals.
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