Ray Allen hit 5-of-6 from downtown as Rajon Rondo produced all around for the Boston Celtics to send Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat home packing to watch the rest of the 2010 NBA playoffs from their living rooms. The 96-86 victory concluded the first five-game series won by head coach Doc Rivers. The C’s will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where LeBron James and the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers will be waiting. Boston last saw Cleveland in the second round in 2008 en route to their 17th league Championship.
“I think it’s a great matchup. It’s great for basketball – such a classic series,” said captain Paul Pierce. “They’re the team to beat right now. They showed it through the course of the season the way they played. We know this is going to be a tough series, another really, really tough series.”
The Celtics found themselves up ten at the half. Miami took control in the third before Boston regained their composure down the stretch. Allen led the scoring campaign with 24 points as Peirce finished with 21. Rondo controlled the tempo with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins owned the inside game with a combined 22 points and 14 boards.
Both Celtics and Cavs are set to rest for a few days before Game 1 at the Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. After handling the Chicago Bulls in five games, Cleveland is anxious and aware in regards to what they’re up against in round 2. “A lot of people are saying they’re too old, but we know they’re going to come out and give us their best shot,” said Antawn Jamison. “It’s going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun.” Celtics vs. Cavaliers playoff tickets are available now!