Heat Vs. Celtics, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Teams Head To Overtime Tied 99-99

The Miami Heat were handled in the first half by the Boston Celtics, but came roaring back after the break. The Celtics at one point led by 15 points, but the Heat quickly cut into the lead and took the lead from the Celtics late in the third quarter. A big part of the rally was the effort of Dwayne Wade, who was nearly held scoreless in the first half. Wade started the game going 1-for-6 from the floor, but opened the second half shooting 3-for-5 and got this monster block in transition as the Heat were working to take the lead.

The Heat took the lead with no point guard on the guard and Boston seemed to struggle guarding the lineup Miami put on the floor. The Heat were able turn a large deficit into a near double digit lead in a short matter of time, as they handled the Celtics on the break and got some great defense like this block from LeBron James, igniting a Heat fast break.

Boston clearly became frustrated with the massive momentum shift as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul nearly causing a fight with James Jones and Mickael Pietrus picked up what looked like a flagrant foul on LeBron James during a fast break. The second half saw the Heat defense adjust and virtually take Rajon Rondo out of the game.

Boston went on a roll themselves, re-taking the lead late in the fourth quarter of the game. Rondo got his groove back into the game and set forth a 12-point turnaround. Paul Pierce picked up his fifth foul of the game with under three minutes left while guarding James and had to go to the bench.

The Heat pulled back and tied the game, then was able to take a lead with under two-minutes left thanks to a Pietrus foul putting LeBron James on the line. After the Heat took a three-point lead, the Celtics took the ball at half-court after a time out and had the right play called, as Ray Allen sunk a wide open three-point shot to tie the game at 99-99.

LeBron James missed a shot in the paint after a pass from Dwayne Wade but was able to pick up his own rebound giving the Heat one more chance, but the game heads to overtime.

Stick with this StoryStream here at SB Nation Tampa Bay for news and updates throughout the Eastern Conference Finals. For more analysis and discussion on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. Visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston for the opponent's perspective during the series. For all your Conference Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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