NBA Daily Blog Eastern Conference Finals: LeBron’s 45-15-5 carries Heat past the Celtics in Game 6 98-79. Heat force a Game 7 back home.

LeBron James drives on Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Pieturs
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The Miami Heat are going back home for one more game as they defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden 98-79. The Heat shot 49% from the field while the Celtics only shot 43%. The Heat made 7 three pointers compared to only 1 for the Celtics. With the series tied at 3-3, Game 7 will be played back in Miami on June 10 as the winner will face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.

LeBron James led the Heat with a double-double 45 points and 15 rebounds with 5 assists on 19-26 FG shooting, 2-4 3PT shooting and 5-9 FT shooting. Dwayne Wade added 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals on 6-17 FG shooting and 5-5 FT shooting. Mario Chalmers added 9 points and 2 steals on 3-4 3PT shooting. Shane Battier added 8 points and 2 steals on 2-4 3PT shooting.

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with a double-double 21 points and 10 assists with 4 rebounds and 3 steals on 8-14 FG shooting and 5-7 FT shooting. Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett each scored 12 points. Bass added 7 rebounds on 5-8 FG shooting and 2-3 FT shooting. Garnett added 5 rebounds on 6-14 FG shooting. Ray Allen added 10 points and 3 rebounds on 3-7 FG shooting, 1-3 3PT shooting and 3-4 FT shooting. Paul Pierce struggled with only 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals on 4-18 FG shooting and 0-6 3PT shooting.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 11:41 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#1 Spurs vs #2 Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WIN SERIES 4-2
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

#2 Heat vs #4 Celtics (Series tied 3-3)
Game 7: June 10, 8:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV, delayed telecast on ABS-CBN 9:00 am PHT

Fans in Boston are one of the most passionate, even if they lost in a blowout, they sticked with their team and chanting “Let’s Go Celtics!”
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