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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.