June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts to a call during the third quarter of game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
The King has spoken
And he hath spoken loudly. In one of the more amazing do-or-die performances in NBA history, Staving off elimination, LeBron James went for 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the Heat's easy 98-79 Game 6 win in Boston. King James had 30 points in the first half, then was able to sit out much of the fourth quarter after the game had clearly been decided.
The Big Letdown
Nobody, including (from left) Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, could have foreseen the Celtics' lousy performance at home with a chance to finish off the Heat in Game 6. The Big Three combined for 31 points — or one more than LeBron had at halftime.
Oh yes I did!
Amid talk of his past failures in Boston, LeBron James turns in perhaps the greatest performance of his career against Mickael Pietrus and the Celts.
Rajon Rondo and the rest of the Celts had little chance of stopping LeBron James, who made 12 of 14 shots in the first half and 19 of 26 overall.
More Bosh, but less
Chris Bosh played 28 minutes, twice as much as he did in Game 5, but was less productive with seven points and six rebounds. Luckily for the Heat, it didn't matter.
Nothing went the way of the Celtics on Thursday night, as Boston was throttled in its own building, 98-79, behind 45 points from LeBron James.
Not on Shane's watch
Shane Battier blocks a Kevin Garnett layup attempt during first half action of Game 6 in Boston. The Heat defense overall was strong early on, holding the Celtics to just 42 points in the first two quarters and 79 overall. Garnett's 12 points and five rebounds weren't nearly enough to keep them competitive Thursday.
Mine, mine, mine
Mike Miller and Kevin Garnett scrap for a rebound during the second quarter of Game 6 in Boston. The Heat looked to be getting all the hustle points early in this one, taking a 13-point lead into the second half, then expanding on that in their decisive 98-79 win.
He ain't buyin' it, Dwyane
Dwyane Wade may think the Heat are No. 1, but Paul Pierce won't be having any of it. Of course, Miami looked the part in this one, and Pierce couldn't do anything about it. Boston's superstar managed just nine points on 4 of 18 shooting, as the Heat easily beat the Celtics 98-79 in what could have been their last game of the season if they had lost.
The money matchup
It was predicted that Game 6 would be decided by who won the battle between LeBron James and Paul Pierce, and King James took that to heart in this one. LeBron was on fire all night long, scoring 30 points in the first half and 45 points in the game, while Pierce struggled all night, missing 14 shots and scoring only nine points in the 19-point loss.
Whatcha, whatcha, whatcha want?
Ray Allen tries to make a point early on by bumping into Miami point guard Mario Chalmers in the first half of Game 6 in Boston. It was a futile effort, however, as the Celtics never looked to be interested in winning this game, falling behind quickly and eventually losing by 19, with the Big Three combining for just 31 points.