NBA Playoffs: Heat 115, Celtics 111 OT
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 31, 2012
MIAMI — The biggest postseason comeback in Miami Heat franchise history wasn’t enough.
The Heat needed more — and got it, digging deep to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 23 and the Heat rallied from 15 down to beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 in overtime on Wednesday night.
Mario Chalmers scored 22 for the Heat, who won despite an unbelievable night by Rajon Rondo. The Celtics guard played all 53 minutes and scored 44 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds.
Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Kevin Garnett added 18 and Ray Allen 13 for Boston.
Allen’s 3-pointer with 34.3 seconds left tied the game at 99-all. James missed two shots, first a layup — he got the rebound of his own miss — and then a jumper on the final possession of regulation, and to overtime they went.
Game 3 is Friday in Boston.
The Heat had come back from 14 points down in playoff games twice before, first in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA finals — their title clincher — and again last season against Philadelphia.
On a night where the Heat missed 16 free throws — including at least four by James in crucial situations — they would survive.