Celtics Get Crucial Game 3 Win Over Heat
Boston's Big 4 of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo combined for 78 points, propelling the Celtics to a 101-91 win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Garnett and Rondo each had double-doubles. 11 rebounds for Garnett and 10 assists for Rondo.
The Heat went small on defense, and Rondo took advantage by feeding Garnett inside.
"He (Coach Doc Rivers) kept preaching to just throw it up to him," Rondo explained. "They went small, and no one can jump as high as Kevin. He stood up to the rim, and he went up and got most of them."
At 36 years old, Garnett is playing like he's 10 years younger. The former MVP took lob passes from Boston guards under the rim, then went strong to the hole on Miami's weak interior defense.
LeBron James was still unbelievable in defeat. 34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks was just another day at the office for the 3-time league MVP. However, he only reached the charity stripe 5 times, and only took advantage once, going 1-5. The Heat as a whole were poor from the line, missing half of their 20 free throw attempts.
With the victory, Boston closes the series deficit to 2-1. They'll try to even the series at home on Sunday.
"They defended their home court," Rondo said after Game 3. "In a couple of days, we'll do the same."