I was wrong. After getting embarrassed last week in Boston, I thought the Heat were going to pound the Celtics tonight. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
The Celtics walked into Miami and bitch-slapped the Heat, 115-107. What's even more shocking, they did it with offense. They shot 60% and 63% from three.
This was a tough win. After the Celtics raced out to an 18-point 2nd quarter lead, the Heat made several runs. But the Celtics kept counter-punching. They stayed poised and didn't wilt. They are not afraid of this Heat team.
Kevin Garnett (24 points, 11-14 FG, 9 rebounds) was money. With the Celtics clinging to a 5-point lead midway through the 4th quarter, Garnett knocked down four straight jumpers. And he nailed the dagger with 2:21 remaining.
The Truth was clutch, too – 27 points and 7 rebounds. Props to Rajon Rondo – 18 points, 15 assists.
The Celtics bench outscored Miami's bench, 23-16. Greg Stiemsma (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks) was huge. He completely outplayed Ronny Turiaf (thanks for not signing in Boston). Sasha Pavlovic had a couple of three-point bombs in the 2nd quarter.
The Celtics outrebounded Miami 40-34. Seriously.
How about that Heat crowd? With a minute remaining and their team down 6, they bailed. Forget the "De-fense" rally cry, they had to beat the traffic. Frauds.