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Monday, June 4, 2012
Failure at finish nothing new for Heat

By ESPN Stats & Information

Getty Images/Jim RogashRajon Rondo's performance was critical to the Celtics' win in Game 4.
The Eastern Conference finals are now all even after the Boston Celtics won a thrilling game over the Miami Heat, nearly frittering away a big first-half lead before prevailing in overtime.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the numbers behind Boston’s Game 4 win.

How the Celtics Won

The Celtics won on the strength of point guard Rajon Rondo. In the six minutes Rondo was off the court, the Celtics shot 2-for-9 from the field and were outscored by six points.

In the 47 minutes in which he played, the Celtics shot 43 percent, averaged nearly two points per minute, and outscored the Heat by eight.

Eye on LeBron
LeBron James made 10 field goals from inside 5 feet of the basket in Game 4, tying his season high for makes from such distances, done previously in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

However, James stopped going inside in the second half. He made only 2-of-4 shots from inside five feet in the second half. James was 10-for-14 from in-close in this game. His teammates were a combined 8-for-16.

A Game Most Foul
James fouled out of a playoff game for the first time in his career. It was only the fourth time in his career that he fouled out of any game, the first for him since April 2008.

In contrast, Pierce fouled out for the third time this postseason. Coming into these playoffs, he had fouled out of a postseason game only three times in his career.

Good till the Last Shot
Udonis Haslem missed an 18-foot jumper with no time remaining in regulation and the score tied 89-89.

Teammate Dwyane Wade missed a 25-foot 3-point jumper with no time remaining and the Heat down 93-91 in OT.

Wade was 4-for-11 shooting from 15-plus feet in Game 4 –- including the miss on the final shot of the game -- tying for his second-most attempts from such distances in a game this season. Wade is now shooting 30 percent from 15-plus feet in the playoffs and 27 percent in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Heat as a team are now 0-for-7 in game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime this postseason.

The other 15 playoff teams have combined to go 4-26 (15.4 pct) in game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime this postseason.

Stats of the Night
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that:

Rondo finished with 13 assists. It was the 38th time he had reached double digits in assists in a postseason game in his career. That tied him with Bob Cousy for the most such games in Celtics history.

With his first three points in Game 3, the 27-year-old James became the youngest player in NBA playoff history to reach 3,000 career points. The previous mark was held by Kobe Bryant, who reached 3,000 points at age 28.

Statistical support for this story came from NBA.com