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NBA Lines - LeBron Leads the Charge

Posted by Elio Masi on 5/29/2012 12:33:10 PM

NBA Lines – LeBron Leads the Charge

After entering the second half tied, the Miami Heat poured it on both offensively and defensively and cruised to a 93-79 win over the Boston Celtics in the NBA lines Eastern Conference Finals Monday night. The Miami Heat took a 1-0 series lead on Monday night and advance to 9-3 in the playoffs thus far.

Both James and Wade had phenomenal games offensively, collecting 32 and 22 points respectively. Despite a slight slip up during the second quarter, Miami led Boston for the rest of the game and controlled almost every aspect of it. After collecting only 11 points in the first quarter, the Celtics were able to claw their way back in the second and tie the game at 46 going into halftime. However, in the third, the Heat outscored the Celts 26-15 and took control of the game thereafter. Kevin Garnett led all Boston Celtics with 23 point and 10 rebounds.

After the victory, Miami Heat’s head coach Erik Spoelstra had this to say, “At times, it was a strange game. Some good runs, both teams. I think we felt we could have played better. I’m sure they felt the same thing but we were able to find a way to grind it and you have to do this against this team.”

Although Miami’s offense was held to only 93 points, their big stars still delivered and they were able to closeout because of it. That being said, it was due to their defense that the Heat were able to cruise to the victory despite not being putting their best foot forward. Miami had a playoff high 11 blocked shots in this one, proving their defense dominated throughout much of the game.

Boston felt they really let the game get away from them in the third quarter and struggled to get back in it afterwards. The Celts had trouble keeping Wade in check during the third and he collected 10 points because of it. “In the third quarter, the game just got away from us. I thought we rushed. I thought our offense was rushed. I thought never got into our rhythm as far as getting on one side of the floor to the other, second and third options,” announced Celtics coach Doc Rivers following the loss.

Despite Garnett’s 23-point performance, it appeared that none of Boston’s big guns came to play. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo combined to shoot 14 of 45 on the night. Without a solid series from all four players, the Celtics don't stand a chance and will be in the position of getting swept.

Boston failed to capitalize with Chris Bosh out of the lineup. The Miami Heat forward took his second straight workout Monday as he inches closer to returning to the court. With Wade and James playing at the top of their game and Chris Bosh’s return on the horizon, Miami will be a difficult team for any opponent to deal with this June.

Elio’s Edge:
Game two is on Wednesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena and I’m liking Miami’s chances. They’re 6-1 throughout the playoffs on home court and should make it 7-1 come Wednesday night. Looking for another big night from LeBron James and for Dwyane Wade to step it up even further. Sensing a 102-90 finish for the Heat with the series going back to Boston.

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