Chicago – we'd like to introduce you to Paul Pierce (26 pts, 7 reb) the NBA Finals MVP. (We'll excuse you for missing that 1st free throw with 2 seconds left).
Credit to the Bulls, they nearly forced a 2nd OT. Fortunately, Brad Miller choked – on his blood.
I'll admit it, I quit on this team when they fell behind by 11 in the fourth. They had no rhythm on offense. The Bulls were trapping Pierce and once he got rid of the ball, the Celtics were unable to swing it to the open man and even when they did – they missed shots. But some how, some way they clawed back into this game.
I'm not sure why the Bulls quit trapping Pierce late in the 4th and in OT. They abandoned what had worked for most of the game. And the Truth killed them for it. He abused Salmons for 6 points in OT including the game winner with :03 left.
Now to the real hero – Kendrick Perkins. 16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 blocks and 0 fouls. Yes – ZERO fouls in 45 minutes. Words cannot describe the effort Perk put forth in this game.
Rondo was….Rondo. 28 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds.
This might be the best playoff series ever played.
More to come….
"Terrible call….that referee should be fined $25,000." – Tommy Heinsohn after Ray Allen fouled out.
Some photos from the game…after the jump.