Celtics Defeat Heat 101-91 in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Final

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Boston Celtics, who defeated the visiting Miami Heat 101-91 in Game 3 of the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference finals.

Miami leads the best-of-seven series two games to one. The winner will face the San Antonio Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.

The Heat won Game 2 in Miami in overtime.

“We felt like we let the last one get away,” Paul Pierce, who added 23 points for Boston, said in a televised interview. “We just had to clean up some minor things. We have to go out there and focus.”

Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 10 assists for Boston, which had a 55-42 halftime advantage last night at TD Garden in Boston.

Marquis Daniels, who had nine points for the Celtics, “gave us a real lift tonight. He hasn’t really played in these games but that’s what professionals do, they’re ready,” Pierce said.

LeBron James scored 34 points and Dwyane Wade added 18 for the Heat. Game 4 is tomorrow in Boston.

San Antonio leads the Western Conference finals two games to one, with Game 4 set for tonight in Oklahoma City.

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