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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Celtics: Mario Chalmers Shines For Miami

While much of the talk after the Heat's 115-111 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night will center around Rajon Rondo's all-time performance (44 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds in 53 minutes), his counterpart, Mario Chalmers, was a big reason why Rondo's famous game was all for naught.

Chalmers had his last big game in game three of the series against Indiana, the last time Miami lost a game in the postseason. As Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald writes:

His performance Wednesday night against the Celtics meant a lot more.

Chalmers finished with 22 points, including 14 in the first half, to keep the Heat afloat long enough to rally for a 115-111 overtime victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Chalmers also had six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

"[The first half stretch] was very important because we had to play catch-up and that's not something we're accustomed to," Chalmers said. "I just tried to pick up the slack. That's my job to provide energy."

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