Miami 97, Boston 87
The era of the Big Three II may be coming to an end after the Miami Heat eliminated the Boston Celtics in a decisive game 5.
Lebron James scored the game's last 10 points to seal it for the Heat. James had 33 points, Dwayne Wade had 34, and Chris Bosh pitched in 14. The trio scored 81 of Miami's 97 points. Ray Allen led Boston with 18, and Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Boston fell in a 0-2 hole in this series and never recovered. They even had the lead late in Game 5, but they seemed to age right before our eyes. LBJ tore Paul Pierce apart at the end of Game 5. Dwayne Wade scored at will. Chris Bosh even threw down a critical dunk on Kevin Garnett late in the game. Miami had a back-breaking 16-0 run late in the 4th.
Boston's trio of veterans are all over 30, and Coach Doc Rivers is in the final year of his contract. While Allen, Pierce and KG still have some game left, perhaps the time is approaching where you trade them for future value. We could very well be a Jeff Green/Rajon Rondo-led team in a year or two, and that spells Lengthy Lottery Lingering.
But before I think about that, I think I'll just remember these Celts a while. They saved basketball in Massachusetts, plain and simple.