At first, Boston looked like a different team from that of Game 1 and had 62% field goals while Miami struggled early on as they were behind by 6 in the first quarter with only 27% shooting from the field.
The Heat started to fight back under seven minutes in the second quarter, but Celtics’ Ray Allen as well as Rajon Rondo consistently made shots to keep their team ahead. Rondo led Boston in its spectacular first-half performance.
The Heat had a 7-0 run going to the final minute of the second quarter and recovered a 15-point deficit, eventually bringing down the Celtics lead to only seven at the end of the period.
Lebron James started to make three point shots early in the third quarter. Dwayne Wade, who had a slow start with only 2 points in the first half, started to pick up his rhythm and fired some jump shots.
Wade found his range and was able to cut the lead down to one under four minutes in the third. Momentum suddenly shifted to the Heat after Wade made an assist to Udonis Haslem for a 3-point opportunity.
Wade made 18 points in the third period alone. Miami had 11 straight points to take the lead. It was an impressive third quarter for the Heat.
The fourth quarter was a little bit physical as Boston stepped up their defense to try to contain Miami within the 5-point margin. Slowly but surely, the Celtics made an 11-1 run and regained the lead after Rondo used aggressiveness and speed to steal the ball and went ahead for a dunk.
Miami answered with 7 straight points in a row. Shane Battier successfully made a 3-point shot to tie the score. James nailed two freethrows to regain the lead.
The Heat made a 9-0 run under two minutes in the last period, but the Celtics fought hard and tied the game with a three-pointer from Ray Allen for the game to go overtime with 99 a piece.
James had a huge offensive rebound and added two points just under the basket. Miami was 5 points ahead 59 seconds remaining in overtime.
Miami eventually finished the game off with a victory and now leads the series 2-0.
Game 3 of the East Finals takes place at Boston on Friday, June 1 (Saturday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Philippines). [See full schedule]
Scores per quarter: 24-18, 53-46, 75-81, 99-99, 111-115 (OT)