Last Thursday the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs were cruising to the NBA championships. Four days, four games, four more victories for the home sides and now the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder have tied up their series 2-2.
Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics' 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games each.
Getting a huge break when LeBron James fouled out for the first time since joining the Heat, the Celtics blew an 18-point lead in regulation before recovering to move to two games away from a third trip to the NBA finals in five years.
Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce scored 23 points before fouling out. Ray Allen finished with 16 points.
"Stops," Rondo said when asked what was the difference in the tight game. "I think we executed offensively, came up with some lucky plays and we got stops at the end."
James had 29 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20 after another dismal start for the Heat, who host Game 5 on Tuesday.
In a game that started as a Celtics blowout and turned into a foul- and tension-filled fourth quarter, followed by the second overtime in this series, the Celtics held on when Wade missed a potential winning 3-pointer on the last possession.
Mickael Pietrus drew James' sixth foul and grabbed two huge offensive rebounds that extended consecutive possessions for the Celtics, who lost Game 4 in overtime in a second-round series against the Heat last year with a chance to tie the series.
San Antonio Spurs host Oklahoma City Thunder in the western conference finals game 5 on Monday.
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