Last night the Boston Celtics absolutely stunned the Miami Heat with a potentially devastating hay-maker of a game five road win. Several key plays accumulated to the Boston win, and several Boston players are walking around with a little extra swagger this morning. Michael Pietrus, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, amongst others.
However, none more so than the sensational Rajon Rondo.
First the game itself.
Kevin Garnett finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 19, including the second biggest play of the night, and the Celtics beat the Heat 94-90 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in the East finals that now move to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday night. The Celtics were down by 13 points in the second quarter, then down nine in the third, and answered with veteran authority both times.
Allen and Mickael Pietrus scored 13 apiece for the Celtics, who also got a loud 10 from Brandon Bass. Pietrus hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Boston, which remained perfect during the Pierce, Garnett, Rondo and Allen era when facing a Game 5 with a series tied 2-2. The Celtics are now 9-0 in that scenario, with that group.
That is simply an amazing fact.
Our choice for the two big plays on the night? Number two, the afore mentioned Pierce bomb from downtown. In the final minute, with the Celtics clinging to a 1-point lead and the shot clock worn down, Pierce launched a massive bomb of a three point shot from deep behind the line, right in the face of Uber-Super-Star and ESPN super-deity LeBron James, the often self appointed greatest player in the Galaxy. Nothin. But. Net.
The biggest play of the night might not look pretty but there is no doubting its significance. Dwayne Wade started the incident with a great block, and as the ball zipped back out, Rondo leapt and beat LeBron to the ball, tipping it strongly out to Michael Pietrus for the huge three point dagger shot to the heart of the Heat.
Watch the play several times, only then do you appreciate its significance, the much smaller scrapper, Rondo, quite easily beating LeBron to the ball, keeping it alive for the absolute dagger three.
Rajon Rondo is taking flight for the playoffs. The Celtics are enjoying the ride. Only Rondo knows how far this flight is traveling, but goodness it is enjoyable to watch.
We are all witnesses.
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