[Boston, MA] In Game 5, the Miami Heat lost another close game. Chris Bosh returned in that game, but only for 14 minutes, which didn’t give Miami the much needed help on defense., In game 6 though, LeBron James showed why he is the MVP.
James and the Heat came out on fire in the 1st quarter. James scored 14 points on 4-5 shooting. Around halfway through the quarter, tempers flared and Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen got into a scuffle. In the final 5 minutes of the 1st quarter, the Heat went on a 14-6 run to put themselves up by 10. At the end of the 1st, the Heat lead 26-16.
2nd quarter – LeBron, once again, could not be stopped by the Celtics’ defense. James went on a tear again, scoring 16 points and ending the half with 30 points on 12-14 shooting seting a playoff scoring high. From the 10 minute mark on, tMiami went on a 15-10 run to extend their lead to 12. At halftime the Heat were up, 55-42.
The Celtics made a better effort in the 3rd quarter but couldn’t keep it going. The Celtics got the lead down to 10 at the start of the 3rd, and had the crowd on their side. But, it didn’t matter to James – he scored 11 points and 7 of those were in the final minutes of the quarter, which helped the Heat keep the lead in double-digits. Heat up 74-61.
The Celtics had no answer for the Heat. In the 4th quarter, Boston just couldn’t make a move against the Heat defense. The Heat, on the other hand, kept going at Boston’s defense, extending the lead all the way to 20. The final score was Heat 98, Celtics 79.
“Now we have a series. That’s what everybody wants, right?” Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We want to respectfully go back to our corner and get ready for Game 7.”
This also might have been the last game Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen played on their home floor, as their GM wants to go in a different direction.
No player can play the perfect game, but LeBron James came pretty close to that, scoring 45 points on 19-26 shooting, and reeling in 15 rebounds. ”I think what fuels him is this moment,” Spoelstra said. “And the moment will define you.”
By: Michael Tristani II/Sunshine Slate
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