May 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers (left) talks with point guard Rajon Rondo (right) during a time-out the second half in game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 115-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

'Demoralizing': Celtics' Best Not Enough, Heat Take Game 2 In OT

Led by Rajon Rondo, who turned in one of the all-time great playoff performances, the Celtics gave the Heat everything they could handle but Miami managed to hold off Boston in overtime and now holds a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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The Celtics Superfreak Not Quite Enough Vs. The Superteam

Rajon Rondo dazzled everyone with 44 points and 10 assists in Game 2, but it wasn't enough. LeBron James scored 34 points of his own, and the Heat survived the Celtics in overtime.


Celtics Vs. Heat, Game 3: Miami Survives Rajon Rondo For 115-111 In Overtime

The Boston Celtics put together a determined effort in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals but, in the end, it wasn't quite enough to beat the Miami Heat. Spurred by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the Heat held on to pick up a 115-111 overtime victory, overcoming a 44-point, 10-rebound performance by Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.

The Celtics jumped ahead and led throughout the first half before the Heat rallied in the third quarter to take a lead. The Celtics fought back to regain the lead in the fourth quarter, but then the Heat wrestled it back away in regulation. Down three points with 48 seconds left, the Celtics tied the game on a three-pointer by Ray Allen. After two misses from James, the game headed into overtime.

In overtime, the game's most critical sequence came with one minute and 37 seconds remaining. With the Celtics up two points, Rondo drove hard to the basket and may have been clipped over the head by Wade on a layup attempt. However, no foul was called, and the Heat tied the game on the other end on a Udonis Haslem dunk. Miami took the lead for good on the next possession on a three-point play by Wade.

James had 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, while Wade added 23 points.

For more on these teams, visit Heat blog Peninsula is Mightier and CelticsBlog. To stay up to date on all of the happenings in the 2012 NBA playoffs, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.


Dwyane Wade And Kevin Garnett Have Impromptu Staring Contest

Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett probably both fouled each other on a critical drive late in overtime. Wade stuck his leg out, while Garnett came down with his arms tilted to the side. Garnett ended up being called for the foul, but the fact that they both hit each other probably explains why they both stared each other down like this.

Who do you think won the staring contest?


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