|04.10.09 at 9:59 pm ET|
It’s over at the Garden where the Celtics held off the Heat in a wildly entertaining game, 105-98. Paul Pierce led the way with 28 points, while Big Baby Davis added 22 and eight rebounds and Rajon Rondo came up just shy of a triple-double with seven points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
In the last two minutes with the score tied 95-95, the Heat switched Dwyane Wade on to Pierce, an interesting tactical decision by rookie coach Erik Spolestra. Pierce had been working over James Jones when Spolestra made the switch, and while Wade has the edge on Jones in the strength department, he also gave up a few inches in size and he picked up two quick fouls including one on a Pierce jumper.
Pierce went to the line and made a pair of free throws and after Wade missed a 3-pointer, the Celtics cashed in on some solid ball movement that resulted in Davis dropping in a lay-up as the shot clock hit zero.
For the C’s it was their 60th win of the season, the first time they’ve had back-to-back 60-win seasons since the Larry Bird era. Elsewhere, Cleveland beat Philadelphia and clinched first place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando is down seven at home against the Knicks entering the fourth quarter.