Heat, James force Game 7

LeBron nears career high point with 45

The Miami Heat came into the Boston TD Garden Center and took command of this best of seven series for the NBA’s Eastern Conference crown with LeBron James hitting 12 of his first 14 shots en route to 30 first half points and a 98-79 victory.

The heat switched their “fronting” defense on PF Kevin Garnett and decided to play him straight up which cut his 19.9 ppg/10.8 rpg average to 12 points and five rebounds.

“In an environment like this, you want to have a big game. I wanted to be there for my teammates, no matter what was going on throughout the course of the game. This was a gut-check for us.”  Kevin Garnett post game comments

Paul Pierce continued to struggle going just 4-18 for nine points to go along with five rebounds but it was James who stole the show.

”I hope now you guys can stop talking about LeBron and he doesn’t play in big games,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said postgame. ”He was pretty good tonight. So we can put that to bed and go play Game 7.”

Game 7 will be played Saturday at 8:30 pm.

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