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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Celtics: Blogger Reaction To Game 5

The Boston Celtics are one win away from the NBA Finals after defeating the Miami Heat for the third straight game 94-90 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Give Boston credit, it never quit even when faced with an 0-2 hole. Now, the Celtics have a chance to close out LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and friends at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

Over on, Jeff Clark sums up the game perfectly:

Nobody could hit a shot in the first quarter but Brandon Bass kept them in the game with ...yup, you guessed it, grit and hard work. Rajon Rondo's shot was way off tonight, so he made up for it with great passing, in particular by feeding Kevin Garnett over and over. Then how about Mickael Pietrus doing his best James Posey impression with huge hustle plays and dagger three pointers?

The team defense knuckled down and got stops time and time again. James got his 30, Wade got his 27, but nobody else registered double figures. Gotta give some bigtime credit to Doc Rivers who, once again, was masterful with rotations, mixing up schemes, perfectly timed timeouts, plays out of the huddle, the whole nine yards.

Then in the 4th quarter when the Celtics needed buckets, they got a clutch three pointer from Paul Pierce and clutch free throws from Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

With the NBA Finals looming in the future, it's not hard to imagine the sound that will be emanating from TD Garden before and during Game 6.

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