|Posted by B-PAUL on January 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM|
Boston Celtics 112 Miami Heat 106
American Airlines Arena
Somewhere in Miami, Kevin Garnett caused total destruction tonight. Somewhere in Boston, Eddie House just got healthy a lot quicker. Tonight the Boston Celtics did the unexpected to steal a game from the Miami Heat by the score of 112-106. The Celtics move to 25-8 on the season and stay on top of the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics did not make things easy on themselves tonight, overall as a team they had 24 turnovers on the night. It showed very early in the game that the Celtics were not as crisp as they have been in the past, a lot of this having to do with both Rajon Rajon and Paul Pierce missing a great deal of time.
The turnovers allowed the Heat to stay in the game, but ultimately did not effect the outcome of the game. With the game tied at 99-99, with less than five seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade stole the ball from Ray Allen and flushed the ball home with .6 seconds remaining on the clock. Announcers, fans, and even the players thought that this game was all but over. This was the call from the announcer on Fox Sports Florida: "Wade with the steal, Wade goes up for the winner, Wade does it again".
Apparently Wade didn't do it again because Rajon Rondo took an oop from Paul Pierce with .6 seconds left and finished to send the game into overtime. Two layups by Rajon Rondo, along with one from Ray Allen, sealed the Celtics win in overtime.
All five Celtics starters scored in double figures with a previously injured Rajon Rondo leading the way with 25 points and eight assist. If he didn't solidify that he's an all-star tonight, I don't know if he will ever be able to. Ray Allen chipped in with 22 points on the night and hit clutch basket, after clutch basket down the stretch.
Food poisioning apparently did not affect Kendrick Perkins tonight as he put up a solid double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He took advantage of the smaller Jermaine O'Neal and took it at him whenever he got the chance. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 44 points, this was the first time a player scored 40+ points against the Celtics since Kobe Bryant in 2007.
This was one of those games that the Celtics could have easily rolled over and let their opponent grab the victory. Instead the Celtics pulled together as a team, trusted their teammates, and came out with a very exciting win. The guys now head to Atlanta where they will look to take on another very strong eastern conference team in the Atlanta Hawks. Hopefully the Celtics will carry some momentum from this game into Atlanta and push their winning streak to three.
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