Celtics Vs. Heat Live Blog: Boston Hangs On For Win In South Beach

LeBron James and the Miami Heat host LeBron James and the Boston Celtics in their third meeting of the season at AmericanAirlines Arena. Refresh during the game for updates.

Below is a live blog with score updates and analysis from Tuesday night's game.

FINAL: CELTICS 115, HEAT 107: Check out our game story for the complete recap.

FOURTH QUARTER: CELTICS 108, HEAT 101 (2:34): Who wants it more? Kevin Garnett led Boston on a great run to regain a double-digit lead, but this is still a very close game with plenty of time left. So ... who wants it more?

FOURTH QUARTER: CELTICS 104, HEAT 94 (5:18): Remember Kevin Garnett? The Big Ticket scored eight straight for Boston and Paul Pierce had a couple jumpers of his own, and Boston stretched its one-point lead to ten with just over five minutes left. Don't ever count this team out. Definitely a good run, but there's still time. Need to keep up the pace.

FOURTH QUARTER: CELTICS 94, HEAT 89 (9:15): It's Rayning threes. A big bucket by Brandon Bass and an even bigger three by the three-point king, Ray Allen, gave the Celtics a little breathing room as we go down the stretch.

FOURTH QUARTER: CELTICS 89, HEAT 88 (10:08): The warning light has come on for the Celtics' gas tank. Actually, that may be an understatement, because the wheels are starting to fall off. Miami is on a 7-0 run to start the third. Can the C's hang on?

END OF THIRD QUARTER: CELTICS 89, HEAT 81: Boston has successfully maintained its halftime advantage in the third quarter, with both teams scoring 24 in the third as we head to the final quarter in South Beach. Paul Pierce is stepping up his game to nobody's surprise, and he has 21 points to lead Boston, which is still shooting way over 50 percent (58.9). Rajon Rondo likely won't get his national television triple-double, but he has still been good, totaling 16 points and 12 assists. LeBron James is doing his thing, too, scoring 29 points through three quarters and is approaching a triple-double with seven assists and six rebounds. Miami has dipped under 50 percent shooting, now standing at 46.2 percent.

THIRD QUARTER: CELTICS 76, HEAT 66 (7:05): Not much progress for Miami since our last update, and Boston is doing a good job of at least keeping its lead steady. Critical stretch in these last seven minutes, though, as even a 10-point lead may not hold in the fourth quarter for an older team.

THIRD QUARTER: CELTICS 69, HEAT 61 (9:22): Boston opened the quarter on a 4-0 run, but Miami continues to creep back into the game, again trailing by eight. After two baskets from Avery Bradley and Kevin Garnett, Mario Chalmers scored five straight points for Miami -- two free throws and a three at 9:47. Plenty of time left for both sides.

HALFTIME: CELTICS 65, HEAT 57: Fool the Heat once, shame on you. Fool them twice, shame on ... them? After going up 9-3 in the early minutes, Boston used a 10-0 run and had another double-digit run (11-0) later in the first quarter to take an 11-point lead through one quarter. The Celtics went up by 18 points during the second quarter, but the Heat closed out the half strong, and a big shot from LeBron James (18 points) brought the Heat within eight at the break. Paul Pierce scored 16 in the opening half to lead Boston, which shot 61.5 percent in the period. Miami shot 51.2 percent in the half. All in all, a solid half.

SECOND QUARTER: CELTICS 61, HEAT 46 (2:10): Another quick turnaround (it's a game of runs, remember?), as the Celtics are on a 7-0 run that has the lead back up to 15 points. Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley both had jumpers, and Paul Pierce hit a big three to make this a 15-point game. Boston has responded well to adversity in this game.

SECOND QUARTER: CELTICS 54, HEAT 44 (4:12): Well that was pretty quick. Boston will need to be careful in the final four minutes, or it might squander away it's lead (once as big as 18) before halftime. It has been the LeBron and Wade show so far, with James scoring four and Wade adding four since the last timeout to help lead the Miami surge. The Heat are currently on a 13-5 run.

SECOND QUARTER: CELTICS 49, HEAT 31 (7:30): It's an 18-point lead. Heat are shooting 44.4 percent, Celtics shooting 66.7 percent. Need I say any more?

SECOND QUARTER: CELTICS 42, HEAT 27 (9:51): Coach Spo can't be happy about this. Boston has outscored Miami 9-5 in the first few minutes of the second quarter. The Celtics, who shot over 60 percent in the first, didn't let up on the offensive end, and Kevin Garnett has a couple of baskets for four points in the quarter. Miami has a Chris Bosh jumper and a 23-foot three from James Jones in the quarter.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: CELTICS 33, HEAT 22: Brushing aside a slow start, the Celtics jumped ahead by 11 points at the end of the first quarter. A late quarter surge saw the Celtics use an 11-0 run -- their second double-digit run of the game (they had a 10-0 run midway through the quarter to go up 13-9) -- to make it a 33-22 game through twelve minutes. Brandon Bass scored four in the run on four free throws, Paul Pierce hit two from the charity stripe and Rajon Rondo buried a 24-footer with 27 ticks left. Maybe that Celtics blowout on April 1 wasn't a fluke?

FIRST QUARTER: CELTICS 22, HEAT 22 (3:06): A streaky start for both teams, as Miami jumped ahead 9-3 in the early going, but a 10-0 run put Boston up by four points with 7:05 to go in the opening period. Led by four points from LeBron James and a 25-foot three pointer from James Jones, the Heat retook the lead, 20-17, at the 4:28 mark. Ray Allen scored five straight and Dwyane Wade made a layup to tie the game at 22.


Final - 4.10.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 33 32 24 26 115
Miami Heat 22 35 24 26 107

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