Updated: June 4, 2012, 12:14 AM ET
LeBron James 12-25 FG | 4-8 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 29 PTS | +1
GRADEC+

Odd game from LeBron. He made a clutch 3-pointer after the pick-and-roll with Wade to tie the game, but couldn't get a shot off on the last play in regulation. And then he fouled out halfway through overtime. LeBron got his points, but this was an uncharacteristic game for him, getting whistled for fouls and routinely coughing up the ball (seven turnovers).

Dwyane Wade 7-22 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +1
GRADEC

Got a good look, just couldn't hit the potential game-winner at the buzzer. Like an old car in a Boston winter, Dwyane Wade needs about an hour to warm up during each game. For the fourth time in a row, Wade has been awful in the first half, taking off-balance jumpers and avoiding contact. But Wade woke up after Rondo tried to arm-tackle him in transition.

Udonis Haslem 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 17 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +3
GRADEA

Just a gutty performance. After struggling to get big minutes in this series, Haslem was dunking, rebounding and hustling like it was 2006 all over again. With Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf ineffective, Haslem stepped up with a monster game in the rebounding department. You wonder why he doesn't play more often in this series.

Norris Cole 1-2 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | 0
GRADEA-

Where did this come from? The rookie made a huge impact in this game, playing excellent defense on Rajon Rondo and pushing the tempo in the open court. Cole couldn't hit a shot after the All-Star break, but Spoelstra trusted him for long stretches in Game 4 and it paid off. The stats may not show it, but this was Cole's best playoff game to date.

Boston Celtics
GRADEA-

The Celtics were unconscious in the first half, drilling seemingly every shot they took and leaving the Heat shaking their heads in bewilderment. Second half? Different story. While Rajon Rondo played one step ahead of everyone early, the Celtics as a team were lapped after the break. But they hung on thanks to Rondo's late-game points.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh

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