Heat Vs. Celtics, Game 5: LeBron James, Miami End Boston's Run, 97-87

The Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals after scoring the final 16 points of Game 5, knocking out the Boston Celtics with a 97-87 decision.

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The End Of Ubuntu, And Why The Boston Celtics Will Last Forever

LeBron James ended the Boston Celtics' title run Wednesday night, but if this is it for these Celtics, then it's time to pay some respect to one of the most memorable teams of the generation.

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Boston Celtics Have Already Made Their Mark, No Matter What Happens Next

The Boston Celtics are out of the 2011 NBA Playoffs after losing to the Miami Heat, and may finish this era with just one NBA Championship. But that doesn't mean the team should or will be forgotten.

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For LeBron And The Heat, Beating The Celtics Means Everything

In Game 5 between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, LeBron James single-handedly carried the Heat down the stretch, and answered his critics in a big way. For LeBron, the victory means three things: redemption, validation and ascension. But there is still plenty left to prove.

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Celtics Vs. Heat, Game 5: Is The Window Closing On Boston?

The Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals after scoring the final 16 points of Game 5, knocking out the Boston Celtics with a 97-87 decision.

LeBron James polished off the series-ending flurry with the last 10 points, capping a 33-point night that put the Heat in the conference finals for the first time since Dwyane Wade lead the club to the NBA championship in 2006.

After getting beat in five games but the young and hungry Heat, CelticsBlog has to wonder...is the window now closing on the aging Boston Celtics?

Gotta give the Heat credit, they started slow each game but like a boulder going downhill they picked up steam and just kept on coming.  Once again the Celtics put themselves into position to win the game and once again they came up short in the end.  Only this time it wasn't just short, it was stopped cold.  The Celtics didn't score for the last 4 minutes and 29 seconds.  Unreal.

It's going to be an interesting off-season for Boston, even without the impending lockout.

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.   

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LeBron James, Miami Heat Aggressive As Ever In Clincher Over Boston Celtics

The knock on the Miami Heat all season is that, instead of joining forces like a dominant Voltron, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade played off of each other to trade long jumpers and occasional drives to the rim. Against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Playoffs, this didn't change a whole lot: the Heat still relied on true long jumpers. Until Game 5, that is.

In the clincher in Miami, the Heat focused on getting to the rim and taking three-pointers, hallmarks of an effective offense. Tom Haberstroh reports that in Game 5, the Heat took fewer long twos -- that'd be shots from 16-23 feet in distance -- than they had in any game since March. Miami took 11 long twos, 19 three-pointers, 22 shots at the rim and 38 free throws.

In the regular season, Miami took more shots from 16-23 feet than anywhere else on the court, some 22.5 per game (vs. 20.5 at the rim and 18 threes). The shift to more shots at the rim -- which also tends to have an avatar in free throws -- versus the long twos is a key sign of aggressiveness, and usually works out for the better, especially when you have athletes like Wade and James.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Close Out The Celtics 97-87

The Miami Heat finished Game 5 on a 16-0 run catapulting them to a 97-87 series clinching victory over the Boston Celtics. LeBron James quieted some of his critics scoring the final ten points of the game. James gave the Heat the lead for good with a three-point basket at 2:10 mark. A little over a minute later he buried another three giving Miami a six point lead. After a Boston time-out, James stole the inbounds pass and finished with a dunk that sent the American Airlines Arena into a frenzy. 

Wade finished with 34 points while James chipped in 33 for the Heat. Chris Bosh added 14 as the new big three combined for 81 of Miami's 97 points. 

For a while it looked like the Celtics were going to be able to hold on. They got key contributions from their bench with players like Delonte West and Nenad Krstic turning in their best performances of the playoffs. Yet when Miami started their run, they had no answer. Boston was held scoreless over the final four minutes of the game. 

Ray Allen led the way for Boston with 18 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Kevin Garnett scored 15 points but 12 of those came in the first quarter. Paul Pierce was in foul trouble throughout and finished with 12 points. 

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.    

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Heat Vs. Celtics Score: Boston Takes Slim 73-71 Lead Into The Fourth

Boston and Miami are going at it like two heavyweight boxers in the middle of a title fight. The third quarter was played to a 24-24 draw and Boston retains a two point lead, 73-71 after three quarters of play. The Celtics were able to dodge a major bullet early in the third when Paul Pierce picked up his fourth personal foul with over eight minutes to go in the quarter. Pierce remained in the game and avoided picking up any more fouls. 

Miami briefly took the lead in the third behind Dwyane Wade's 30 points. LeBron James has 20 points also for the Heat. Ray Allen was able to keep Boston on top with two key three-point baskets in the third quarter and now has 18 points and five three-point baskets in the game. 

For a moment in the third, it looked like Boston was shook but they recovered and finished the quarter strong. At this point, the game still hangs in the balance. 

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.    

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Dwyane Wade Scoring, But Celtics Lead Heat

Dwyane Wade has 23 first half points yet Boston has a slim 49-47 lead at the half. The Celtics got off to a great start, leading by eight after one, thanks in large part to Kevin Garnett, who has 13 points and six rebounds at the half. Ray Allen nailed three three-point shots in the second quarter and has 11 points at the half. If there is cause for concern for the Celtics, it comes in the form of three first half personal fouls for Paul Pierce. Pierce scored five points in 16 minutes but needs to avoid personal fouls in the second half. 

Dwyane Wade was nearly unstoppable, hitting 9-12 shots on his way to those 23 points. LeBron James is just 2-8 from the field but got to the line six times and has 10 points. Chris Bosh has six points and four rebounds for the Heat. 

Miami is laying way off of Boston point guard Rajon Rondo and is daring him to shoot the basketball. Rondo is essentially playing with one arm, but Boston desperately needs him to make an impact in the second half. 

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.    

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score: Kevin Garnett Has Boston Off To A Fast Start

With Boston trying to stave off elimination, the Celtics turned to their emotional leader Kevin Garnett to lead them. Garnett scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first quarter of Game 5 while helping the Celtics to a 24-16 lead after one. No other player for Boston has more than two points. 

Miami came out a little sluggish, hitting on only 31 percent of their shots in the opening period. Dwyane Wade scored 11 points to lead the way. Chris Bosh had only one basket in the opening period while LeBron James has one point after going 0-4 from the field. 

Without Shaquille O'Neal available for Boston, the Celtics have given early minutes to Nenad Krstic. The Celtics will need more a contribution from its bench if they hope to avoid elimination and extend the series to a Game 6 in Boston. 

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.    

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Heat Vs. Celtics, Game 5: LeBron James, Miami Can End Boston's Run

LeBron James said he wanted to lead the Miami Heat to "not two, not three ... not six, not seven" NBA Championships. Many laughed. In Boston? They scowled. LeBron had never beaten the Celtics in an NBA Playoffs series, you see, and to project or even suggest that Dwayne Wade's Miami, freshly renewed with not just LeBron but also Chris Bosh, could win "not six, not seven" rings was a direct insult to those champion Celtics. Boston won the title in 2008 and owned two of the three East banners hung since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to town.

To get to the goal, Miami would have to go through Boston, at least for the first couple years of the new Heat era. Guess what? The Heat are one win away from going through Boston; a victory in Game 5 in South Beach would propel Miami to the Eastern Conference Finals over the Celtics.

Game 4 was the stuff legends are knit from; the Heat trailed at halftime as a gutty Boston team with a one-armed Rajon Rondo opened up the offense. But Miami, led by -- if you can believe it -- Bosh, stormed back. LeBron forced Paul Pierce into a too-tough jumper to end regulation, and Miami shocked the Celtics' faithful with an overtime blitzkrieg to take a 98-90 win and a powerful 3-1 series advantage.

Miami now has three opportunities to finish off Boston, with the first coming Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, TNT). If they can do it, the road to Championship No.1 still has obstacles. But the hurdle feared to be the greatest will have been cleared, and that's no small thing.

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Celtics hub for full series coverage. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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