(MIAMI) — The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat traded punches all night, but when it was all done, the Celtics walked away with a 94-90 victory, giving them a 3-2 advantage in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 26 points.
“Tonight we just fought…we fought,” Garnett told reporters after the game. “We knew what the circumstances were coming down here. Everybody was locked in.”
With just under a minute left in the game, Celtics up one, Boston captain Paul Pierce hit a three pointer. Afterwards many people were calling it the shot of the game.
“You got to play on instincts,” Pierce said when describing the late game play. “I saw him back up (LeBron), it gave me a step…I knew it was in my range. The shot clock was winding down and I just took the shot. You know being in those moments so many times and understanding what your team needs…and being able to get the best shot for us. I thought that was the best shot, and I was able to knock it down.”
LeBron James led all scorers with 30 points.
“We wouldn’t want to be in this situation,” James said. “But like I said, we never get to high or get to low in this series. We had an opportunity to come home and take a lead but we didn’t, so we have to go up to Boston and win a game.”
Game 6 is Thursday in Boston. Tip-off is at approximately 8:30 PM ET.
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