Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) yells after hitting the floor hard while vying for a rebound against the Miami Heat during the second quarter of Game 3 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston on Friday, June 1, 2012.
Rajon Rondo (right) and Kevin Garnett celebrate during Boston's 101-91 victory over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. After dropping the first two games of the series in Miami, the Celtics surged to a 24-point lead and held off a Heat rally in the fourth quarter.
At a loss
LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller are resigned to defeat near the end of the game. The loss ended a five-game playoff win streak for the Heat.
The KG workout
Kevin Garnett does push-ups after being fouled during the second quarter. Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, continuing a strong postseason run for the 36-year-old forward.
Can't handle the Truth
Celtics forward Paul Pierce had a rough shooting night, missing 14 of 21, but he relentlessly attacked the basket, made all seven of all his free throws and finished with 23 points.
Get off me!
Heat guard Mario Chalmers (right) reacts after taking an elbow from Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Garnett was called for a technical foul.
This guy really knows how to endear himself to the Boston fans at TD Garden.
Looking for help
LeBron James scored 34 points on 16-of-26 shooting for the Heat, but his teammates produced just 57 points. Dwyane Wade had 18, his lowest production since scoring five in a Game 3 loss to the Pacers six games ago.
Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo followed his monster Game 2 performance (44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds) with another splendid all-around game (21 points, 10 assists, six rebounds).
Mario Chalmers (14 points, six assists) helped Miami rally from a 25-point deficit to pull within eight with 2:24 left in the game. But it was too little, too late for the Heat.
Paul Pierce recoils after contact with LeBron James, drawing the third foul on James late in the first half. After complaining about the large free-throw discrepancy in Game 2, the Celtics made 20 of 26 from the line, while the Heat went 10 for 20.
Boston's Keyon Dooling (left) knocks the ball away from LeBron James, leading to a layup by Dooling on the other end. The much-maligned Celtics bench received key contributions from Dooling (seven points, four rebounds) and Marquis Daniels (nine points, five rebounds).
LeBron James got off to a hot start, making seven of his first nine shots, but the Celtics played tougher defense the rest of the way and made him work for his 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists.