Ford Keys to the Game: Heat 91, Celtics 93
Heat 91, Celtics 93 - Overtime
Dwyane Wade fired up a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime of Game 4. That shot held the weight of the world on its shoulders.
A make would have resulted in a one-point win for the Heat and a commanding 3-1 series lead. A miss would have resulted in a two-point win for the Celtics and a knotted up series at two games apiece.
Wade took the shot, but he’s not the man who controlled its destiny. Not in this town.
“Red (Auerbach) wasn't going to let that go in, you know that. Not in the Boston Garden,” said Doc Rivers.
Wade sent Marquis Daniels flying by him with a pump fake and got a clean look at the 3-pointer. He squared up, took the shot and it was right on target. However, it hit the rim and began bouncing around, leaving nearly 19,000 people in the arena gasping for air.
And that’s when Auerbach must have reached down from above and tipped the ball off of the rim.
We have a series, folks.
Key Box Score Line
The Miami Heat’s trapping may have slowed down Rajon Rondo, but it sure didn’t stop him. The point guard had a game on Sunday night.
Rondo led all players with 15 assists in Game 4, a total that was just five less than Miami’s entire team accumulated. The game’s next-highest assist man was Dwyane Wade, but he accounted for just six helpers on the night. That’s not even half of Rondo’s total. And while all of those numbers were ringing up, Rondo committed one less turnover (three) than Wade did (four). That’s impressive.
No. 9 didn’t just help teammates put points on the board, either. He also put a bunch of them up himself. Rondo finished with 15 points on the night thanks to his 7-for-14 shooting performance. He also grabbed five rebounds while helping to lead his team to victory.
Box Score Nuggets
- LeBron James made 12 shots in Game 4, but only one came from outside the paint.
- Rajon Rondo scored 15 points and dished out a game-high 15 assists.
- Boston scored six less points (28) in the entire second half than it did in the first quarter alone (34).
- James and Paul Pierce both fouled out of the game.
- All five of Boston's starters scored at least 11 points, led by Pierce's 23.
- James led the game with 29 points.
- Miami (42.5 percent) actually outshot Boston (41.2 percent).
- Ray Allen scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers.
- Keyon Dooling scored 10 points off of the bench for Boston thanks to three 3-pointers.
- James committed a game-high seven turnovers.
- Kevin Garnett had a monster game with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
- Miami scored 48 points in the paint.
- Udonis Haslem came off of Miami's bench to score 12 points and grab a game-high 17 rebounds.
- Boston's largest lead was 18 points, while Miami's was just two points.
- Pierce, Brandon Bass and Garnett each grabbed two steals.
Quote of the Night
Ray Allen on the crowd in TD Garden: "It's as good as I've ever seen it. We all have friends in town, family, that's the one thing they commented on after Game 3, how amazing the building was, and how energetic they were. They got loud to some point where we couldn't even talk to each other standing next to each other on the floor."