BOSTON (Sporting Alert) — The Miami Heat have won the first two games of their Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, but are well aware that there are work needs to be done when the sides meet in Game 3.
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Time: 8:30 PM ET, June 1, 2012
Place: TD Garden, Boston, MA
On Friday night the Celtics, which dropped Game 2, 115-111 in Florida, will be hoping to take advantage of the larger gathering expected at the TD Garden for their home clash.
The stats showed that the Boston Celtics’ key figures are heading into the right direction after, the “Big Four” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and star point guard Rajon Rondo combined to score 96 of the team’s 111 points in the second game.
Despite this, however, the visitors were beaten in overtime and coach Doc Rivers wants his men to pick it up in Game 3.
He said: “We still know we have to play better. But I think our guys know now that we can play (with Miami).
“And I don’t know if they did know it or not, but after Game 1, it was such a bad loss for us, I think we needed to have that type of game last night.
“Obviously, we’d have rather won it. But I think our guys are very confident going into Game 3.”
Rondo, more noticeable was fantastic – after finishing with a career high 44-points, to go along with his 10-assist, eight-rebound performance.,
The All-Star point guard also played the entire 53-minutes – the only Boston player to do so in the game. S
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who started slowly before picking up the pace in the latter parts of the game – scored 34 and 23 points, respective, with Mario Chalmers adding 22 in the win.
Wade was happy to get both victories at home, but believes the real work now begins.
“All we did was win two at home,” he said.
“That’s a very good team over there that we know is going to give us everything — their all — come the next four days when they get two at home in Boston.”