Rookie Norris Cole Scores 14 Points In The 4th Quarter As Miami Heat Hold Off The Boston Celtics 115-107
The Miami Heat blew an 18-point lead, but the sharp shooting of rookie Norris Cole was enough to hold off a furious Celtics rally as the Heat held on for a 115-107 victory.
What Happened: The Heat seemed to be moving at warp speed the entire game, trying to literally run the Celtics out of the building. Lebron James (26 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assts.) seemed to be everywhere, even following up a missed alley-oop attempt to Dwayne Wade (24 pts. 8 assts.). The Celtics 15 first half turnovers were converted into 23 points for the home team who exploded for 39 second quarter points. Chris Bosh played a very solid game with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics late rally was led by Ray Allen who finished with 28 points including six 3-pointers. Rajon Rando continued to be the catalyst for the Celtics offense with another exceptional all-around performance finishing with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists, the one drawback was his 7 turnovers. The Celtic bench was fueled by Kenyon Dooling (18 points) Brandon Bass was key off the bench once again with 13 points. Kevin
Garnett contributed with 12 points in 32 minutes of action.
But the story of the night was Cole who finished with 20 points.Selected 28th overall in the first round in last spring’s
draft, Cole has been a pleasant surprise since training camp and may push Mario Chalmers for the starting point guard spot.
What’s Next: Both teams are in action tonight as Miami faces Charlotte and the Celtics take
on New Orleans.