Celtics rebound to snatch Game 3 from the Miami Heat 101-91.
BOSTON—Both the Miami Heat and the Celtics are too good to be defeated by one man. LeBron James may have played a great Game 3 as Rajon Rondo played a great Game 2, but it will take a total team collaboration to win any game of this year’s edition of Eastern Conference Finals.
In defeat James scored 34 points while taking 33% of the Heat’s shots. In contrast, the Celtics took the ensemble approach as Kevin Garnett paced the team with 28 points, Paul Pierce put up 23 and Rondo double-doubled with 21 points and 10 assists.
After looking torn and ragged for the first two games of the series, the Celtics delivered a dominant performance that provided them with the luxury of a 22-point lead going into the fourth period.
Dwyane Wade threw in a respectable 18 for the Heat but that number is a bit deceiving as he took large chunks of the game off.
Wade has been unstoppable when he flips the switch and plays up to his potential with his team. It’s up to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to keep both the mood and momentum of his team consistent.
The defeat does not mean that the Heat is throwing up the bat signal for the absent Chris Bosh. It has already been announced that he will not play in Game 4.
If the Celtics even the series on Sunday, Game 5 may just be another matter.