NBA Playoffs Capsule Recaps: Semifinals Day Eight

Game Four: (2) Miami Heat vs (3) Boston Celtics, TD Garden

  • Final Score: Heat 98, Celtics 90, Overtime
  • The Heat got their chance to pick their closer once again, but it was the Celtics who could not finish the game. Paul Pierce’s last second shot at regulation was a mess of a play and left Boston needing to play five more minutes. From there LeBron James took over and Chris Bosh had the last laugh. Bosh’s tip in proved to be a decisive point as the Heat took control of the series with the overtime victory.
  • Heat: LeBron James – 35 points, 14 rebounds, 12-28 field goals.
  • Celtics: Paul Pierce – 27 points, 8 rebounds, 12-20 field goals.
  • Heat forward Chris Bosh: “It’s just all about having an aggressive disposition coming out in the beginning of the game. Even if I missed some easy shots, some wide-open 15-, 18-footers, a few of them went in and out, I felt like I was involved and that gave me a better frame of mind going into the rest of the game.”
  • Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on the final play of regulation: “We just messed the play up. That affected the outcome of the game. We just didn’t execute, barely got a shot off. There was a lot of talking during the huddle but not enough listening.”
  • Key Stats: After a stellar Game Three, Kevin Garnett scored only seven points and shot 1 for 10 from the floor. … Miami outrebounded Boston 45-28 including 10-3 on offensive rebounds. … Boston and Miami combined to shoot 8 for 39 on 3-pointers. 
  • Miami leads the series 3-1 and can close the series Wednesday night at Miami at 7 p.m. on TNT.

Game Four: (4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies, FedEx Forum

  • okc_logoFinal Score: Thunder 133, Grizzlies 123, Triple Overtime.
  • In a wild game that saw Mike Conley and Greivis Vasquez hit game-tying 3-pointers to extend the game and send it into three overtimes as the two teams played extremely hard late into the night. But it was Kevin Durant stepping up in the third overtime, scoring six of Oklahoma City’s 14 points, to ensure the Thunder picked up a critical victory.
  • Thunder: Russell Westbrook – 40 points, 15 for 33 field goals, five rebounds, five assists.
  • Grizzlies: Marc Gasol – 26 points, 21 rebounds.
  • Key Stats: Kevin Durant scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help pace Oklahoma City, but went nearly a quarter’s worth of minutes without touching the ball late in regulation and in overtime. Durant seemed visibly upset when Westbrook got the call to take the final shot in regulation. … Zach Randolph added 34 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies. … Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo both fouled out in the second overtime. Conley scored 16 points on 2-for-12 shooting, but 11 for 12 from the line, and Mayo scored 18 points.
  • Thunder coach Scott Brooks: “Words can’t describe the emotions.”
  • Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins: “Both teams kept coming back and fighting and fighting and fighting. It became a matter of just not having enough bullets as the game wore on.”
  • The series is tied at 2-2. Game Five is Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City on TNT.

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