Celtics overcome 13-point deficit to take the 3-2 series lead
MIAMI, Fla. -- The Boston Celtics defeat the Miami Heat 94-90 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Boston started slow with an 8-point deficit and a mere 30% shooting percentage at the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter wore on, the Celtics started to turn things around. Miami led by as much at 13 points, but the Celtics cut the Heat lead to 42-40 at the half. The Celtics defense forced the Heat to miss 15 of their final 17 shots as well as 11 Miami turnovers in the half.
Miami’s Lebron James had an impressive performance with 30 points throughout the game, but unfortunately for the Heat, it wasn’t enough to dominate the Celtics.
Kevin Garnet was the star of the night and had a monster game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. One of biggest shots of the night was Paul Peirce’s game clenching 3-pointer in the final 54 seconds of the game putting the Celtics up by four.
The Celtics return home Thursday night for Game 6 at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN.