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LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Miami Heat cruised past the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 98-79. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists but also seven turnovers, as the Celtics now find themselves with their backs against the wall facing a Game 7 in Miami.
Dwyane Wade added 17 points for the Heat, but James was truly unstoppable. James struck early and often, finishing the first quarter with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting and the first half with 30 points and just two missed field goals.
While James was on fire, the Celtics had tremendous trouble getting their shots to fall. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined to go 7-for-25 from the field for just 19 points, and the Celtics as a team made just one of their 14 three-point attempts.
If there was one positive for Boston fans to take away from this game, it’s that Kevin Garnett and the Celtics continue to dominate the Heat in the paint despite the return of Chris Bosh. The Celtics outscored the Heat in the paint, 42-32.
Despite an embarrassing effort by the Celtics, the Boston fans stood by them. With three minutes to play and the home team down by 20, the TD Banknorth Garden faithful began chanting “let’s go Celtics.”
Hopefully the unwavering support of their hometown fans will propel the Celtics to a Game 7 victory in Miami on Saturday with the Oklahoma City Thunder awaiting in the NBA Finals. If not, the final taste of the New Big Three era in Boston might be a bitter one for Celtics’ fans.