Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and the Celtics was filled with big moments and highlights that were noteworthy. Kevin Garnett was incredibly spry on both ends of the court, Dwyane Wade woke up in the fourth quarter to have a monster game, Rajon Rondo continued to show why he may be one of the best point guards in the league when the lights are bright, and Paul Pierce had the final say with a dagger 3-point shot.
One particular play that turned out to be a pivotal point for both teams came with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, as you will see below.
(via youtube user thehoopscene)
Wade showed his incredible athleticism and came out of nowhere to block what appeared to be a wide-open dunk for the much bigger Brandon Bass. As great of a defensive play as it was, the end result turned out to be costly for the Heat when Rondo got to the loose ball and tapped it right to a wide-open Mickaël Piétrus, who drained a huge 3-pointer to break the Heat’s momentum.
Rather than regaining possession with a six-point lead, the game tightened for the Heat, who could never quite create separation after that whirlwind of a sequence. And well, at this point, we have a pretty good understanding of what becomes of Miami when things get tight.
For James Harden’s clutch 3-pointer, click here.
For Rajon Rondo’s call out of Heat and Doris Burke, click here.
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