Garnett helps Celtics hold off Heat in clutch: BOS 115 MIA 107

If I told you before the season that in a Celtics-Heat game: one team would shoot 60%, out-rebound their opponent 40-34, score their highest point total of the season and have one of their star players go 5-for-5 in the fourth quarter, you would probably guess that team was the Heat. Nope, it was the Boston Celtics.

The "old Celtics" were cast off by NBA experts and fans alike at the beginning of the year. Tonight they showed that they are still a team very much in contention for an NBA title with a 115-107 win over the Heat in Miami. Kevin Garnett was the star who got hot in the clutch, going 5-for-5 in the final frame on his way to 24 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

The Celtics built an 18 point lead in the first half, but give Miami credit, they never went away and kept it close throughout most of the game. It was an eight point game at half time and a one point game in the second half. Still, despite it being so close, the Celtics clearly looked like the better team.

Behind great ball movement -- Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 15 assists -- the Celtics seemed to not be able to miss at times. Paul Pierce led Celtics scorers with 27 points while Ray Allen led the bench with nine.

LeBron James (36 points) and Dwyane Wade (20) were of course the story for Miami, as well as Mario Chalmers who scored 18.

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R. Rondo(notes)G40:296-111-15-8+914153000218
A. Bradley(notes)G25:035-81-20-0-10200001211
K. Garnett(notes)C33:1611-140-02-2-20924020424
P. Pierce(notes)F40:298-163-58-10+91721101327
B. Bass(notes)F38:584-80-04-4+1021002111312
Percentages.606.643.800Team Rebounds: 8
R. Allen(notes)34:403-72-41-1+6013000009
G. Stiemsma(notes)19:344-50-00-0+10171212148
S. Pavlovic(notes)7:312-22-20-0-1000001036