Third quarter in focus (again)

June, 1, 2012

During the conference semifinals, much was made about how the team that won the third quarter often won the game as the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers jousted. It seems that theme is carrying over as the Miami Heat are playing their most inspired ball in the third frame and it's a top reason for their recent success.

The Heat outscored the Celtics by 13 points in the third quarter of Game 2 and are now plus-24 in the third quarter for the series. What's more, the Heat are plus-60 overall in the third frame of their last five games, according to Stats and Info, but a mere plus-17 in the other frames.

A glance at Miami's third-quarter success (versus the rest of the frames) in that five-game span:

Game 2 vs Celtics -- +13 third quarter; -2 rest of game
Game 1 vs Celtics -- +11 third quarter; +3 rest of game
Game 6 vs Pacers -- +12 third quarter; even rest of game
Game 5 vs Pacers -- +10 third quarter; +22 rest of game
Game 4 vs Pacers -- +14 third quarter; -6 rest of game

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter,



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney talks to Marc Topkin about the Rays' plans with David Price. Plus, Jayson Stark on Price and the rest of the trade market as the trading deadline looms over MLB.

Tom Brady, Patriots

Patriots QB Tom Brady talks about donating to The V Foundation for Cancer Research and more.

Joe Buck, MLB

FOX's Joe Buck discusses his memories of Derek Jeter, Jeter's final season, the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox and the rosters for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

Brian Windhorst, NBA

ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst weighs in on the Heat's reaction to LeBron James' departure, James' mindset regarding free agency, whether the Cavaliers should pursue Kevin Love and more.


Jeff Green
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9