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Heat Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2: Boston Shoots Their Way To 53-46 Halftime Lead

The Boston Celtics hold a 53-46 halftime lead against the Miami Heat in game two of the Eastern Conference finals, and we can all point to Rajon Rondo for Boston's hot start.

The Celtics point guard has already racked up 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go with seven assists, giving his team the offensive push they lacked in Game 1 of this series. Overall, the Celtics are shooting 54.1 percent from the floor and have been able to score points both around the bucket and with the midrange jumper.

Mario Chalmers has joined Rondo in making Game 2 about each team's primary ball-handler, posting 14 points of his own on 5-for-10 shooting, including a 3-for-5 mark from beyond the arc, to pace the Heat.

LeBron James has chipped in with 13 points, but the Heat have gotten next to zero production from Dwyane Wade, who has just one field goal and two points through the game's first 24 minutes.

This game is by no means over, but so far we're seeing a very motivated Celtics team that is playing quicker and with a bit of urgency, and it's matching the athleticism and raw talent of Miami.

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.