Boston Celtics at Miami Heat (-8, 179.5)
THE STORY: The Eastern Conference finals are now a best-of-3 series as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Tuesday’s Game 5. Boston swept two home games and evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2 with a 93-91 overtime victory on Sunday. Rajon Rondo hit the go-ahead hoop for the Celtics and Dwyane Wade missed a final-second 3-pointer for the Heat. It was the second overtime contest of the series as Miami notched a 115-111 victory in Game 2.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
ABOUT THE CELTICS: Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists in Game 4 and has 13 double-digit assist games in the postseason. Magic Johnson (14 in 1991) and John Stockton (14 in 1992) are the last players to have more in a single postseason. Forward Paul Pierce scored a team-best 23 points but the most pleasing sight was guard Ray Allen draining four 3-pointers on the way to a series-best 16 points. Allen’s shooting has been suspect due to an ankle injury. “My legs have gotten considerably better,” Allen said. “Just starting the game and having my legs underneath me is a huge deal.”
ABOUT THE HEAT: Forward LeBron James scored 29 points and Wade tallied 20 but Miami’s top player in Game 4 was forward Udonis Haslem. The nine-year veteran had his second double-double of the series with 12 points and 17 rebounds. James had 29 points and fouled out for the first time since joining the Heat, rendering him a spectator for the final 1:51 of overtime. “Not stressed the series is tied 2-2,” James said. “It’s great basketball, great competition.” Miami is holding out hope that forward Chris Bosh can return from a lower abdominal strain to play in Game 5. Bosh has missed nine straight games since being injured against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the second-round series.
- Heat are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games.
- Celtics are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
- Under is 25-9 in Heat's last 34 home games.
1. Rondo has 38 career 10-assist playoff games, tying Hall of Famer Bob Cousy for Boston’s franchise record.
2. Wade is shooting just 25.8 percent from the field and averaging 5.5 points in the first half during the series.
3. Celtics forward Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 14 rebounds in Game 4 for his third double-double of the series and 12th of the postseason.