Boston Celtics even East final series with Miami Heat at 2-2 | NBA
Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists and scored the final three points for the Boston Celtics in a 93-91 overtime victory over Miami that evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.
BOSTON — Rajon Rondo contributed 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the Boston Celtics' final three points in a 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series at two games apiece.
Getting a huge break when LeBron James fouled out for the first time since joining the Heat, the Celtics recovered after blowing an 18-point lead in regulation and moved two victories from a third trip to the NBA Finals in five years.
Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce scored 23 points before fouling out. Ex-Sonic Ray Allen had 16 points.
"Stops," Rondo said when asked what was the difference in a tight game. "I think we executed offensively, came up with some lucky plays and we got stops at the end."
James scored 29 points and Dwyane Wade had 20 for the Heat, which hosts Game 5 Tuesday.
"Not stressed the series is tied 2-2," James said. "It's great basketball, great competition. We wanted to get one up here and we didn't."
In a game that started as a Celtics blowout and turned into a foul- and tension-filled fourth quarter, followed by the second overtime in this series, the Celtics held on when Wade missed a potential winning three-pointer on the last possession.
"It was a good look. It was on line but didn't want to go in," said Wade, who made 7 of 22 shots. "Got the shot off I wanted and that is all you can ask for."
Mickael Pietrus drew James' sixth foul with 1:51 left in OT and grabbed two offensive rebounds that extended consecutive possessions for the Celtics.
Boston limited the Heat to one basket in overtime, by Udonis Haslem.
Rondo's layup gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead with 2:34 left, and neither team scored again until his free throw with 21 seconds left.
• Center-forward LeRoy Ellis, who played in the league for 14 years, died Saturday in Portland of prostate cancer. He was 72.
Ellis played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Baltimore, Portland and Philadelphia, averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.