LeBron James netted 35 points in yesterday’s 98-90 OT victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden to move his Miami Heat to within one game of the Eastern Conference finals. Dwayne Wade finished with 28 and Chris Bosh followed up with 20. The rest of the Heat lineup contributed just 15 points in total. Game 5 is set for this Wednesday in Miami.
“Wednesday night will be our greatest challenge that we’ve had with this group so far,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We’ll get their best games on Wednesday. And we have to be better. If we’re real about what we want to do, we have to beat the Boston Celtics at their best.”
Paul Pierce led the C’s in scoring with 27 points. Rajon Rondo produced 10 points and five assists with a padded sleeve after dislocating his left elbow Saturday in Game 3. Boston has reached the NBA Finals in two of the last three seasons and will expect to battle in Game 5 to bring the series back to Boston. “These are those moments. I look forward to it,” said Ray Allen following his 17-point performance. “Everybody on this team, we know what to do. We can’t talk about it; we just have to put our best foot forward. It’s not easy. It just makes it that much more special if we’re able to do it.”
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