|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAAn overtime game and a triple overtime game made last night's NBA games more exciting than the average playoff matchup.
The Heat took the Celtics to overtime before outlasting them, while the Thunder needed three overtime periods to put away the Grizzlies. With these series' going to Game Five later this week, they are already featuring some of the most exciting and unexpected playoff games in recent NBA history.
The Miami Heat's big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh came together just for the purpose of having enough firepower to overcome the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series. Last night, they outlasted the C's in overtime, eventually winning 98-90. James put in 35 points, Wade had 28, and Bosh put in 20 of his own, coming back from a nonexistent showing in Game Three in Boston. The Celtics had eliminated the Heat and James' former Cavaliers team in the past couple of years.
But history may be changing before our eyes. The Heat are up three games to one over the Celtics now, with two of the next three games to be played in Miami. The Celtics will have to win two on the road and one at home in order to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Although it can be done, it would be a very difficult feat for the Celtics to pull off. The Heat are playing well right now, and despite having a poor shooting night last night, they were able to hang around and finally get the win.
The Memphis Grizzlies blew a double-digit lead in the second half to allow the Oklahoma City Thunder back into the game. And the Thunder would just not go away, with the game eventually going to triple-overtime before OKC came out with the win. The Grizzlies looked out of gas in the final overtime period and hit just 1-of-9 from the field. The two teams are now tied at two games apiece in this series.
The Thunder looked like they were almost out of the game entirely in the first quarter and early part of the second quarter. But they started chipping away at the 15-point lead, dwindling it down to 11, then 8, then getting within six points of the Grizzlies. And just by hanging around up until the end, the Thunder's young players outlasted Memphis' older lineup. Game Five will be played on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.