With about 20 seconds left in the 4th, the Celtics got the ball back with the score tied 86-86. The C's had a chance to put Miami away and tie this series up at 2 games. But execution once again was the C's downfall. Paul Pierce had to force up an awkward shot at the buzzer, and we went to OT. At that point, as big a Celtics fan as I am, I knew we were in deep trouble. You cannot leave the door open for a team with 2 guys as talented as Wade and James.
The Heat completely dominated the OT, and the C's simply ran out of gas. It was tough to watch. And as a C's fan, it's frustrating because this game was our's for the taking. James led all scorers with 35. The other key stat tonight was Miami's dominance on the glass. The C's only mustered 3 offensive rebounds to Miami's 10, and overall were out-rebounded 45-28.
So the Celtics have a daunting task ahead: beat Miami 3 times in a row, or the season is over. They will travel to Miami and play for their playoff lives in Game 5 on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7pm. Head over to RedsArmy for Chuck's recap and a link to the full boxscore.
(video via Chris Forsberg)