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Heat Vs. Celtics, 2012 NBA Playoffs Score Update: Late Surge Brings Miami Close, 53-46

The Miami Heat handled the Boston Celtics in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals but in the second game of the series it's the Celtics that are handling the Heat. The two teams struggled finding their shots in the first half, including LeBron James missing a dunk, but the Celtics found their groove and pulled ahead on the Heat.

The Heat have hit on 6-for-14 three-point shots, which let them rally back to get the game close, but the Celtics have yet to hit a three-pointer. James finished up the first half with 12 points while Mario Chalmers led the Heat in scoring with 14 points. Dwayne Wade struggled in the first half for Miami, not picking up his first points until there was under 25 seconds left in the half and shot just 1-for-6 from the floor.

For Boston, Rajon Rondo has controlled the game in the first half, leading all scorers with 22 points and 7 assists, missing on just four shots so far. Paul Pierce has picked up 10 points while Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett combined for 13 points in the first half.

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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