The Boston Celtics leaned on Rajon Rondo to win 85-82 against Eastern Conference rival Miami Heat on Sunday. Rondo came up with a triple-double performance, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
LeBron James missed a free throw in the final seconds that helped the Celtics escape with the victory. James had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Miami. Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds while Dwayne Wade had 16 points for the Heat. The Big Three of Miami scored all but 20 of the team’s total output.
The Celtics are now at the top spot of the East and have a 3-0 edge over the Heat this season. Miami has a chance to salvage a season sweep when they meet Boston again in April.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics in scoring with 19 points. Paul Pierce managed to score just a single point on a bad shooting night but Kendrick Perkins made up with 15 points. Ray Allen finished with 13 points, Glen Davis had 16 and Von Wafer had 10 off the bench.