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Heat Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Boston Rallies Late, Trails Miami 42-40

The Miami Heat are trying to stave off the Boston Celtics' momentum and end their losing streak in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, and went out to nearly a double-digit lead in the first half of the game. After the first period of play, the Heat racked up an eight-point lead and took advantage of some poor shots by the Celtics. LeBron James carried the Heat early in the game hitting some big shots finishing up the half with 18 points.

Boston didn't give up however and somehow rallied back to pull within two points with just two minutes left in the game after a tough Kevin Garnett basket. Boston continued to press MIami and force some bad shots and made sure they had the final shot of the half, but lost the ball and went into halftime down 42-40, but in reality could have been down nearly double-digits.

Despite being down just two points, the Heat significantly limited Rajon Rondo who picked up just three points and four assists. Dwayne Wade was also once again not very effective in the first half of the game with just seven points. Playing just off the bench, Chris Bosh wound up the second-leading scorer for the Heat in the first half with nine points.

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