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NBA Lines - LeBron Erupts for 45 in Game Six

Posted by Elio Masi on 6/9/2012 12:32:04 PM

NBA Lines – LeBron Erupts for 45 in Game Six

I think the criticism of LeBron James not showing up in big game situations has finally been put to rest. After dropping three straight to the Boston Celtics in the NBA lines playoffs, the Miami Heat finally bounced back with a decisive 98-79 victory. James’s 45 points almost matched his NBA lines playoff career high and it was through his play that the Heat stayed alive. Thirty of LeBron’s forty-five came in the first half, leading the way to game 7, which will take place on Saturday in Miami. LeBron had this to say following the victory, “In an environment like this, you want to have a big game. I wanted to be there for my teammates, no matter what was going on throughout the course of the game. This was a gut-check for us.” James also added a game-high 15 rebounds to make his performance even more outstanding.

Despite keeping it relatively close early on, Boston found themselves down pretty badly in the second half, being outplayed during all of it. The closest they got to mounting a comeback was coming within 10 points midway into the third when they scored 6 unanswered points. However, Miami responded with 4 of their own and Boston failed to come any closer for the rest of the NBA lines game.

Pierce, Allen and Garnett, known also as Boston’s ‘Big 3’ failed to impress and combined for only 31 points, 14 less than LeBron collected on the night. The only bright side for the green and black was the performance of Rajon Rondo, who collect 21 points and added 10 assists. Paul Pierce, who scored only 9 points in 30 minutes of play has continued to struggle against James, shooting just 4-of-18 on the night. He is now shooting only 33.6 percent in the series, a very worrisome stat considering he leads the team in field goal attempts. Given his sprained left MCL, it’ll be difficult for him to get back to normal for a massive game 7, meaning Bass will need to pick up some of the slack.

Boston won 21 of their past 23 home games at TD Garden this season prior to the lose. The Celtics shot for a miserable 1-of-14 from 3-point range, mounting to 29.1 percent from beyond the arc during the series. If they are to have any chance at besting the Heat, they’ll need to focus on their 3-point game as well as finding an answer for LeBron James.

Elio’s Edge

King James returns. Wow, what a performance. Losing three in a row really takes it’s toll on a teams psyche but the Heat were able to snap out of it. Wade had a quiet 17 points in game six and will need to be better if Miami is to advance to the finals. Given LeBron’s current level of play and Wade’s ability to respond from quiet games with huge ones, the Celts may be in a lot of trouble come Saturday in Miami. The building will be electric and the Heat will feed off of the energy of the crowd. The stars seem to have aligned for Miami and I can’t see them losing this one at home given everything that’s going right for them as of now. Heat NBA lines victory, 101-96, should be one hell of a ride.

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