‘Big Three’ Push Miami Ahead of Celtics in Series, 3-1

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The Miami Heat are just one win away from their goal of reaching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals after surviving the Boston Celtics, 98-90, on May 9 in Game 4 of the second round best-of-seven series.

It took an extra overtime period for the Heat to escape the TD Garden in Boston with a 3-1 series lead. Miami's "big three" led the victory with LeBron James scoring 35 points and 14 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds and Chris Bosh adding 20 points with 12 assists.

"We're the guys. We're the ones who get all the attention.

We're the ones that get all the praise," Wade told said after the game. "This team is going to go as far as us three take it."

Paul Pierce led Boston with 27 points, while Ray Allen scored 17 points. But Kevin Garnett struggled, scoring only 7 points after a dominating 28-point performance in Game 3 on May 7. Garnett and the Celtics expect to perform much better come Game 5, a possible elimination game for Boston, scheduled on Wednesday, May 11.

"Wednesday night will be our greatest challenge that we've had with this group so far," Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said.

"We'll get their best game on Wednesday. And we'll have to be better. If we're real about what we want, we'll have to beat the Boston Celtics at their best."