In a really hyped Game 7 to decide who would be the Eastern Conference champions this year, the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics gritted, bruised, banged and shot baskets like there was no tomorrow. Everyone on the roster wanted to win really badly and get that rightful spot at Oklahoma City on Tuesday to face Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the NBA Finals.In the end, the spot went to Lebron James, Dywayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat as they beat the Celtics 101-88 to be crowned champions of the East for the second straight year.
Tthe Miami Big 3 would lead the way. Lebron James scored 30 pts and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade had 23 pts and 6 rebounds, and Chris Bosh chipped in 19 pts and 8 rebounds while playing 31 minutes. Bosh not only played more minutes this time even while coming off the bench, his three shots from beyond the arc including one in the 4th quarter was the big boost that Miami really craved for from him. The Miami Big 3 scored more than half of the score of the Miami Heat during the later part of the second half, including 29 straight pts which gave them the lead for good at 98-86 in the fourth quarter with only 2:53 to go.
For a while, it seemed that Boston would have its way. Brandon Bass came out big for the Celtics scoring 14 pts in the 1st half, including the 2 handed jam over Dwyane Wade. Bass stole a pass from Lebron, then raced to the rim. Wade caught up easily with Bass, but by then the forward had already planted himself to the paint and was rising to the basket with two hands on the orange. Wade valiantly attempted to block, but was simply posterized. At halftime, Boston lead Miami 53-46.
During the second half, Boston still kept the pressure. On one run, Boston again stretched the lead to 11 points with baskets from Rajon Rondo, Bass and Ray Allen. By then, it seemed like everyone in Miami had enough. Especially the Miami Big 3.
Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier made consecutive baskets to cut the lead to 2. Wade and James also sank shots to give Miami its first lead since the 1st quarter.Still Boston was able to keep up with Miami. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the two teams were tied at 73.
And from that point onward, it was all Miami Big 3. Slam dunks and driving lay-ups from Dywane Wade and Lebron James, and a 3-pointer from Chris Bosh gave the Miami Heat the lead for good. On one of the last of their plays, Wade drove to the rim, rose and got fouled by Brandon Bass. The ball sailed up and went down the basket. And-one Miami Heat. Wade sinks the free throw to put Miami’s lead to 98-86.
The Miami and Boston starters finally went to the bench with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Final score 101-88 Miami. This marks the Heat’s second straight trip to the NBA Finals since the Big 3 were assembled. It also marks the end of the era of the Boston Big 3.
As the celebration in Miami began, Lebron James walked up to Celtics coach Doc Rivers and talked to him lengthily. Rivers was very emotional as he watched the final seconds tick. He knew the Boston Celtics faced an uncertain future next year with the contracts of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen ending this season. Ray Allen came big during the series with the Heat, but was not his usual self because of an ankle injury. Kevin Garnett was also big this series, but was ineffective during Game 7 due to foul trouble. Even Paul Pierce was mostly ineffective during the game, unable to find his usual groove. And many are saying time is up for this year’s Celtics.
The Miami Heat will have their hands full as they go to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. Not only are Kevin Durant and his team younger, they’re way faster and play crispier and more efficient than the Celtics. Plus they have rested early and get home court advantage at this year’s NBA Finals.