Thanks to a red hot Ray Allen (24 of his 27 pts) and Leon Powe (13 of his 23 pts), the Celtics held a 5 point halftime lead over the Heat. But the Celtics came out of the lockeroom with the intensity of a girl scout troop.
Miami started hitting all their jumpers and surged ahead to a 15 point lead in the 4th. But once those shots started rimming out, the Celtics went on a 16-2 run to cut the lead to 1.
But like the Orlando game, the Celtics didn’t have enough firepower to get over the hump.
Paul Pierce (16 pts, 5-10 FG) looked like he was sleep-walking the entire game. He missed 2 of 3 free throws after getting fouled behind the arc with 35 seconds left and the C’s down 5.
On the bright side, Bill Walker had 8 pts and 2 steals in 12 minutes.
Dwayne Wade (32 pts, 9-20 FG) hit some clutch shots in the final minute. But what really killed the Celtics was the 5 other Heat players who scored in double figures.
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