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GAME 6: Heat 98, Celtics 79

Well, time to do it all over again in Game 7.

LeBron James scored 45 points to stave off elimination. Now, the Heat has home-court advantage with one victory seperating it from a trip to Oklahoma City for the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Can LeBron do it again in Game 7? Will he need to? Will the Heat ever again get a good first half out of Dwyane Wade?

James' 45 points on 19 of 26 shooting was one point shy of the Heat's all-time postseason scoring record. Wade had 46 against Boston in 2010. James became the first player in a playoff game since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to score at least 45 points in a game while also recording 15 rebounds and five assists.

IT WAS OVER WHEN...
James scored 41 points in the first 36 minutes of the game. He played every second of the first, second and third quarters, helping the Heat build a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT LEBRON
"He was absolutely fearless tonight, and it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. t wasn't end of the world. Nobody likes getting thrown dirt on your face before you're not even dead."
--Erik Spoelstra

"He played amazing.  He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I've never seen him before.  The shots he was making was unbelievable. So he really put on an MVP performance tonight.  Not just scoring the ball, but rebounding the ball, defensively. He did it all tonight."
--Dwyane Wade

“The best I’ve seen, one of the best this league has ever seen. He’s helped us a lot so we can live to play another day. Its all good right now, but tomorrow we have to continue to prepare for Game 7 because its going be a tough one.”
--Chris Bosh

"He was unbelievable. Everybody needed to bring something to the table and he was obviously carrying us offensively and putting up points.”
--Udonis Haslem

“He was pretty amazing. We needed an effort like that to win in Boston in a close out game. It was phenomenal.”
--Shane Battier

"It was a matter of too much LeBron. He was absolutely sensational. Made every shot, set the tone for their whole team. I thought he gave them comfort in the way he played tonight."
--Doc Rivers

"I hope now you guys will stop talking about LeBron and that he doesn't play in big games. He was pretty good tonight. Now that's to bed. We can go ahead and play Game 7."
--Doc Rivers

"He had a game. He had a game."
--Ray Allen

"I've seen him put up some great numbers. Not just offensively, but doing a lot of other things. Intangibles. Tonight he shot very efficient. But I don't base a great performance on just shooting. He's had a lot of games where he's had triple‑doubles, chase‑down blocks. He's a great player."
--Rajon Rondo

"It was great to see him come out and lead this team the way he did today. We just gave him the ball and got out the way. He made us look good early on. We were able to do things to help him in the ballgame. Defensively, rebounding the ball, and make timely shots."
--Dwyane Wade

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miaheatblog.com really shined LeBron's knob tonight.

Yea, Nasty8.... we all know you were there to lick up the mess when he finished too.....

Great Game LeBron.... MVP caliber performance all the way.... Come on home and let's get this thing wrapped up and get ready for OKC......

"we all know"
who is we?
Your multiple personalities?

Schizo ass mddafugga?

hahaha

oh and Joe, nice job with the question for LeBron at the end of the interview.
wtf was that man>? hahah

Joe does a good job, a good effort.

Loved Lebron's performance last night but I am going to say that he is still shooting way too many jump shots. They were falling last night. If they do not fall tomorrow night whats going to happen? Need to be driving the ball more. Cant stand there and let the shot clock go to 2 and heave up a prayer. Averages will catch up with you. Hope there is another game plan for game 7. Bosh was starting to get back to form in that 4th quarter. Had some nice blocks and disrupted the bigs of the Cs.

Great adjustments by Spo, Battier fronting Pierce, better spacing, double on KG when he gets the ball, high P&R with James and Wade, quicker pass when Wade doubled. Also great use of time outs when the Celts made runs, specially when at the beginning of the 3rd when the Celts made a run from down 15 to down 10. Doc out coached like last year.

You can keep all the March Madness hype - NBA PLAYOFF BASKETBALL RULES!!

Great adjustments - great coaching - great effort - or were our shots just falling?

SPO outcoaches Rivers?

Miami wins on Celtics court.

Lebron starts & finishes game.

Smaller lineup DOES work against the C's.

Miller on Ray, Wade on Rondo, UD on KG, Batt on Pierce - nice results.

We rebounded with purpose all night. Although we did outrebound the C's, scored more points in the paint, and lost game 5. Maybe the handpicked stats all overrated at times.

C's looked tired. Nice job by Riles to assemble this most athletic team in the league to counter their experience.

Bosh is still a bit slow on defense, with the exception of the block on KG.

I'm headed to the Orioles v Phillies game on Saturday, but I'll be home by 8:30 to watch Game 7 play out. PLEASE, my homeboys in the MIA that will be at the arena, KEEP IT LOUD ALL GAME - IT DOESN'T MATTER IF THE CELTS GO ON A RUN - GET LOUD!!! STAY LOUD!!! And at the end of the game, how about a 'Go home Celtics' chant.

Lol Greg, the shots were falling and that counts a lot. That's why coaching in the NBA is over rated. Doc out coaching Spo, Spo out coaching Doc.................PLAYERS WIN GAMES. I do believe that Spo made some nice adjustments but he didn't win the game, the players did. Just like Doc didn't win the previous 3 games, the players did. You can't put coaching on the coach and you can't put winning on the coach. Shots fall, and player play.

Great win! I don't know. I think coaches win and lose games all the time. Great coaches have schemes to stop great players for a ENTIRE series. Just ask D Wade. They know how to get every advantage outside of the X and O's. Every coach in the nba knows X and O's. Bosh could have played 30+ minutes last night. Would this series be over if he would of played 25 on Wed. A coach's decision not to play his best big man left us with this mystery. That big lineup allows Bron to be the great scorer that he is. I didn't see him get tired last night. He wasn't battling big men and chasing guards around the ENTIRE GAME either. THe Heat is in the driver's seat to get rid of this pesky team. Will they talk about who is out in Boston if they lose? Go Heat!

Rivers was not outcoached. Spo did well in that he did not pull a hot Lebron out of the game but lets be honest. Spo still didn't get much out of Wade, the Bench, etc. They went 18 of 50? Spo didn't panic - awesome. Spo won! Good job but I can't say he outcoached Rivers. Lebron was on another level. This is not the classic players win, coaches lose games. Anyone can tell you Lebron was on another level despite was the offensive set was, if the floor spacing was good or bad, etc. Next game they double Lebron and dare Wade to beat them? If Spo adjusts and win, then great. Before Wade could do it, but now, Wade has been playing slow and sluggish.

Refereeing still not great but I'll take it. I noticed last foul of the half - Marquis Daniels going through Wade's body to get to the ball - which is usually called a reach in or block and the refs let him do it for about 3 seconds and then called a foul with only 2.2 sec on the clock. If they had called the foul earlier then maybe 5 seconds on the clock to set up a last shot. Charge on Battier while player was steal sliding and leaning should have been a block. Just because someone steps outside the restricted zone doesn't mean its a charge if they don't have position and are moving.

Yes shots were falling, but realize where the shot were falling from...LBJ was taking 12-17 footers last night, he didn't take more than 4 3's and made 2 of them....he pretty much played a Tim Duncan type game, stayed closed to the basket. I agree he does need to drive more and Boston will force that on game 7, he won't have as much space unless the role guys are hitting shots....Did James Jones forget hot to shoot?

Hey that was not cool Nasty 8!

The NBA! It's BRONTASTIC!

But I can't exhale. Not yet. The Heat still had no solution to Rondo - except Rondo. While Pierce + KG = stone cold picnic thanks, in part, to Miami's d.

It's always the little things too. UD playing like the old UD. Bosh's length + smarts + defense + passing affecting BOS rotations & screens. Miller's hustle & some crunch 3s from Chalmers.

Wade eschewing hero ball for crucial facilitating and critical help d. More digs & stops from Shane.

Biggest statement: Players -- by effort and result -- backing Spo. The media (and me) continue to underestimate the depth of respect ALL Heat players seem to have for this guy. Note to self: don't underestimate respect.

But is it enuff? Can't bet on 2 Le Miracles in a row. Or consecutive downers from Rondo + Old 3.

OTOH, Wade could be due and Bosh appears starter-ready.

So yes, maybe "respect", esp. self-respect -- is enuff.

Is it SATURDAY yet? GO HEAT.

oh and Joe, nice job with the question for LeBron at the end of the interview. wtf was that man>? hahah

Posted by: Nasty8 | Friday, June 08, 2012 at 04:08 AM

Joe does a good job, a good effort.

Posted by: Nasty8 | Friday, June 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
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Great win... Bron, a great preformance.... It was really needed... Now game 7...tbc... 007..

LaBron has made a believer out of me. His determination, attitude, demeanor and the heart for winning were all diaplayed by him last night. He is a great athlete and a ball player. I saw in his facial expression a combination of Jordon and Koby's fierceness for this game and because of that, LaBron conquered, by beleiving in his self that he can and he will win. With that type of determination, there was no room for maybees, only positivity of an exceptional game plans in last night game, by making outragous baskets that compiled his scoring points in the game. His performance last night was sensational. This youngman (LaBron) have been ridicule on everything and anything and because of the hatred that so many people have for him, they have now unleashed the dragon who could not be stopped and who realized that playing the game is about playing the game and now the heat is on. He is ridicule so much that I myself feel his torment and to me enough is enough. This youngman silently said to the people, "Bring It On, I am ready. His performance displayed a wealth of his talent that led to no other reasoning than this is his gift. I want to enjoy his performance as much as I can and others that hate him so needs to do the same. In LaBron's eyes, eveything, everyone was in his way and he had to move and move on and that is what he did. Proud of you and luv u.

Lebron did look like a man on a mission. But WTF is up with WADE these days?!? I always thought he was better than Lebron. Looks like he's giving 75%. Old Wade would have still gotten through Celts D. If we lose this series, I won't even blame Spo. Definitely not Lebron or Bosh's injury. I will completely blame Wade. He only plays one quarter. If Lebron is 3 qtrs, Wade is 1 qtr. If Wade helped out more, the heat would be unstoppable.

Wade looked very hesitant outh there until the 4th quarter. I dont know what his approach is, but he is not confident in his shot and its ridiculous.

Ok, listen, We didn't come to just beat Boston, We came to win the hole Damn thing.... Get ready fot a war in this one. And be ready to fight....tbc...007...

Thank you - we need to concentrate on the game for Saturday and strongly cheer our team on. The Boston Celtic's fans demonstrated their loyalty to their team and even though they were losing they still cheered them on. We as HEAT's fans need to do the same and stop always criticizing what should or should not be and help our team to move forward in a positive and determined way. I am pretty sure that the Boston Celtic's fans were disappointed about last night lose but they displayed a loyalty to their team that we as HEAT fans should follow. Stop whinning and lets help our team by being strong cheering supporters and letting them know that we are here for them. LET's GO HEAT and lets show that the HEAT is on and again release the Dragon.

I'm in the NE every week. I listen to a lot of talk radio. You should've heard some of the things said about the Celts and the Red socks earlier in the year. The fans wanted this team broke up. It was ugly when they struggled against the Sixers. The 76ers didn't support their team until AI showed up in game six against Boston. Talk about banwagon fans.

1/2 of them Celtic's fans was out the door b4 the half way pt last night....Loyalty huh.

YEAH!!!!!!!!! "YES WE DID" TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA MIAMI... GO OUT AND SUPPORT OUR HEAT PLAYERS SHOW THEM LOVE LET THEM FEEL WE ARE HERE BACKING THEM-UP AND LET THE haters SHUT-UP!!!

WE WILL "KEEP THE FIRE BURNING" UNTIL 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP RING WILL BE OURS!!!

PRAYIN FOR MY BOY WADE FOR HIS GAME TOMMORROW... THIS IS YOUR HOUSE!!! WADE'S HOUSE!!! LEBRON'S KINGDOM!!!

LET RONDO... GO FISHING!!!

HOPING THAT WADE & LBJ WOULD NOT MISS ANY FREE THROW POINTS!!! FOR THE BENCH, WADE & LEBRON NEEDED A FULL SUPPORT (DEFENSIVELY,GRAB EVERY BIT OF THE REBOUNDS, MAKE ALL OPEN SHOTS, 3'S) WE WILL SHOW AN "A" GAME TO VISITING CELTICS!!! WE NEED TO BURN THEM FROM START TO END!!!

LETS GO HEAT!!!

Ok, gameday, everyone get ready... This is it... Gotta come to play... game 7... TAKE IT TO THEM..... EVERTHING... WE WANT THE TITLE.. TAKE THEM OUT... RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW... BY ALL MEANS... LET'S GO.. 007..

LeBron saved their butts, now we need the whole team to finish these green goblins off...

HEATASTIC ! THANK YOU LEBRON !!!

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!!! WE WILL RIP THE CELTICS!!! WE WILL SEND THEM HOME WITH THEIR HEART BURNING!!!

THE FLASH IS BACK HOME!!! THIS IS WADE HOUSE!!! LET'S GO HEAT!!!

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