Boston dominated the second and third quarters of Game 3, building a 21-point lead over the Heat. Rajon Rondo followed up his 44 point, 10 assist, eight rebound performance in Game 2 with 21 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Game 3. Kevin Garnett also finished with a double-double, scoring a team-high 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
LeBron James led Miami with 34 points, including 20 points in the first half. James also led Miami with eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade chipped in 18 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but was well below his postseason average of 23.6 points per game. Miami was outrebounded by Boston 44-32, losing the rebound battle for the first time in the series.
The teams will meet in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.