The Boston Celtics came up with a spirited effort without one of their key players and defeat the Miami Heat 100-98 in double overtime. It was the second straight game for the Celtics that had gone to two extra periods, having lost on Friday in Atlanta after blowing a 27 point first half lead. Boston snaps a six-game losing streak without Rajon Rondo, who was diagnosed with a torn ACL that suffered in Friday's loss in Atlanta.
Rajon Rondo out for the season with torn ACL
Paul Pierce put the Celtics up 83-81 with 1:59 remaining. Kevin Garnett extended the lead to 85-81 a minute later with a jump shot of his own. The Heat converted a Celtics' turnover into a Ray Allen three from the corner to pull within 85-84 with just 25.1 remaining. After two free throws from Jason Terry put the Celtics back up three, Allen missed a game tying attempt from the corner but LeBron James ran down the rebound and pulled up and tied the game with a three of his own with just seven seconds remaining. Jason Terry's desperation shot was no good and the game headed into overtime.
Miami took an early advantage in the overtime only to see the Celtics answer back. Four straight points from James put the Heat up 93-89 with 1:59 remaining. Kevin Garnett answered with four straight points of his own to tie the game at 93-93 with 1:14 left. Dwyane Wade missed a fall away heave at the buzzer and the game headed into double overtime.
Both teams struggled to score in the second overtime. A pair of Terry free throws put Boston up two until James found Chris Bosh for dunk to knot things back up at 95-95. James put Miami up three when he scored and was fouled by Paul Pierce on a drive with just 1:02 remaining putting the Heat up 98-95. Once again the Celtics came right back with a Terry lay in and a Paul Pierce jumper to go up 99-98. This time James missed the clear out and Pierce secured the rebounds with just five seconds remaining. Pierce hit 1-2 free throws at the other end setting up a final attempt for the Heat with just 5.1 remaining. Shane Battier missed a desperation three at the horn giving Boston the victory.
LeBron James led the way for the Heat finishing with a game-high 34 points and 16 rebounds. James hit 14-31 field goal attempts and also finished with seven assists. Dwyane Wade chipped in 17 points and seven assists. Ray Allen scored 21 ff the bench in his return to Boston and Chris Bosh added 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Paul Pierce finished with a triple-double 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists while Jason Terry chipped in 13 off the bench.