Bosh was watching from the bench for the two games in Boston, where the Celtics managed to tie the series by following largely the same formula - building a big lead, then holding on at the end.
Of the 101 minutes of game time in Boston, the Heat led for exactly six minutes. The Celtics have led by at least 15 points in each of the last three games, never trailing by more than eight, though managed to win only two of those contests. And Game 4 nearly slipped away as well, Miami digging out of an 18-point hole to take the lead late, before falling by 93-91 in overtime as Dwyane Wade's three-pointer to win it fell just short at the final buzzer.
Boston's Paul Pierce fouled out for the third time in the last five games, after having that happen three times in the first 122 playoff games of his career. And Miami's LeBron James picked up six fouls for the first time in his 107 playoff games, none of the six fouls being of the shooting variety and four of them coming with the Heat in possession of the ball.
"I thought a few of my fouls were, I don't know," James said Sunday night.
Who fouled and when made for good theater, but all that ultimately mattered was the score, with Boston guard Rajon Rondo scoring the final three points of the game and the Celtics turning a best-of-seven series into a best-of-three.
Wizards keep Wittman
It's not too often than an 18-31 coach keeps his job in the NBA. It's especially rare if the 18-31 coach turns out to be the only candidate in the team's coaching search.
In fact, the Washington Wizards didn't really conduct a search. Randy Wittman was the choice all along for team President Ernie Grunfeld, who announced Monday that the early-season replacement for Flip Saunders has signed a new deal.
Wittman had been Saunders' lead assistant since 2009, and he took over when Saunders was fired in January. The Wizards finished on an upswing, winning their last six and eight of their last 10.
- Associated Press