Boston 94, Miami 90

Date - Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:30 PM
Location - American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Officials - #10 Ron Garretson, #13 Monty McCutchen, #9 Derrick Stafford
Attendance - 20021

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 16 24 25 29 94
Miami 24 18 18 30 90

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 0-0 0-0 0-0 W3
Miami 0-0 0-0 0-0 L3


CELTICS 94, HEAT 90: Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Pierce scored 19 points as visiting Boston took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Mickael Pietrus and Ray Allen added 13 points apiece for the Celtics, who notched the first road victory in the best-of-7 series.

LeBron James had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored 27 points for Miami, which looks to avoid elimination when the series returns to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. 

Miami’s Chris Bosh returned from injury and had nine points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

The Celtics overcame a nine-point third-quarter deficit and took the lead for good on two free throws by Pierce with 1:34 remaining.

Pierce added a contested 3-pointer over James to give the Celtics a 90-86 lead with 52.9 seconds left. James pulled the Heat within 92-90 on a driving basket with 9.4 seconds to play before Garnett hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Boston outscored Miami 15-1 over the final six minutes of third quarter to take a 65-60 lead into the final stanza.

A 3-pointer by Pierce gave Boston a six-point lead with just over 11 minutes left before Miami went on a 16-4 run to take a 78-72 lead on Wade’s driving basket with 6:16 remaining.

Udonis Haslem had 14 rebounds for Miami and Rajon Rondo had 13 assists for Boston.

Bosh entered the contest with 5:06 left in the first quarter and had nine points and six rebounds in the first half. Bosh had missed nine games since suffering a strained lower abdominal muscle on May 13 against the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics never led until Pietrus drained a 22-footer with 48.6 seconds left in the third quarter.

Miami led by as many as 13 points but Boston outscored the Heat 18-7 over seven-plus minutes to pull within two late in the half. The Heat led 42-40 at halftime.

GAME NOTEBOOK: James has three double-doubles in the series and six in the postseason … Rondo set a Celtics franchise record with his 39th career double-digit assists game in the playoffs, passing Hall of Famer Bob Cousy’s mark. … Bosh came off the bench for the first time since 2003 when he was a rookie with the Toronto Raptors. … The Celtics had 13 steals, led by four from Rondo. … Miami had a 49-39 rebounding edge. … Pierce was 6 of 19 from the field.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Miami
Kevin Garnett 26 Scoring LeBron James 30
Rajon Rondo 13 Assists Mario Chalmers 3
Kevin Garnett 11 Rebounds Udonis Haslem 14
Ray Allen 8 Free Throws Made LeBron James 6
Rajon Rondo 4 Steals Norris Cole 2
Kevin Garnett 2 Blocks Shane Battier 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 94 40.7 6-15 22-27 19 39 4 13 13
Miami 90 39.0 7-26 19-25 13 49 3 6 15

Upcoming Games

  • Miami will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Heat have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Miami. The Celtics have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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