The Boston Celtics were able to hold serve on Friday night, defeating the Miami Heat, to climb within one win of evening the Eastern Conference Finals at two games. How were they able to beat the Heat? ESPN's TrueHoop explains with some stats:
The Celtics outscored the Heat, 58-46 in the paint. Boston's 58 points in the paint are its most paint points in a playoff game since May 4, 2008 against the Hawks when the Celtics scored 60 paint points in their 99-65 Game 7 win. The Celtics' 58 points in the paint are their most in any game this season (reg. season and playoffs). Boston is 7-3 since the start of the 2009 postseason when it scores at least 50 points in the paint.
Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday.