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GAME 5: Celtics 94, Heat 90

It's been over for about an hour now and my game story for the paper has long been filed but I still don't understand how the Heat lost this game.

Consider this: Rajon Rondo had just three field goals in Game 5 and the Celtics won. He had 16 in Game 2 and the Heat won in overtime.

Consider something else: The Heat out-rebounded the Celtics 49-39 but still lost. How? Boston managed to outscore the Heat 9-8 on fast-break points, an area where the Heat usually dominates. Miami had 42 points in the paint compared to 40 for Boston. It's just the third time in Heat franchise history the Heat has lost a postseason game when out-rebounding an opponent by double-digits.

Another head scratcher: Why wasn't Chris Bosh in the game in the final minutes? He played great in the first half, scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds in 10 minutes. But Erik Spoelstra chose to play Bosh just five minutes in the second half. When asked why he didn't put Bosh in the game in crunch time, Spoelstra said he thought it wouldn't be "fair" to Bosh.

Of course, before you jump on Spoelstra, consider the wisdom of Dwyane Wade. After the game, Wade said, "It's not about playing calling. It's about mano-a-mano."

Kevin Garnett's free throws with nine seconds left gave Boston a 94-90 lead.

Wade and LeBron had absolutely no help in this game. I mean, was Mario Chalmers paid off to play so poorly? At one point, I think Spoelstra, Wade, LeBron and Udonis Haslem each wanted to kill Chalmers for something different within a five-minute span of the fourth quarter.

Bosh and Chalmers had nine points each but Wade and LeBron were the Heat's only players to score in double-digits.

The loss marked the first time the Heat has lost a Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Before Tuesday, the Heat was 10-0 in Game 5s at home.

The Heat played well in the fourth quarter but couldn't overcome a combined 36 points in the second and third periods. In the fourth, Boston hung on by way of four clutch three-pointers (two from Paul Pierce and two from Mickael Pietrus).

His four 30-point games against Boston this series marks the first time he has recorded four 30-point games in a single series against the Celtics. Sixth double-double of the postseason with 30 points and 13 rebounds.

Rondo's tip pass to Pietrus, who drilled a three-pointer to cut the Heat's lead to three points with six minutes to play.

"This is the journey we have to be on for whatever reason."
--Erik Spoelstra


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