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Heat vs. Celtics LIVE: Game 7 Of NBA Eastern Conference Finals

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Miami Heat
vs.
Boston Celtics
Eastern Conference Finals Game 7
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla.
8:30 p.m. ET

UPDATE: LeBron James scored 31 points and had 12 rebounds, leading the Miami Heat past the Boston Celtics in Game 7 101-88. Chris Bosh came off the bench and made three 3-pointers as Miami clinched its second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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EARLIER:

Few expected the Eastern Conference Finals to last this long. If the series even went six games, then many thought it would be Miami with a shot to close it out. But the Celtics outplayed the Heat for three consecutive games (arguably four) after falling into an 0-2 hole to take a 3-2 series lead.

Then LeBron James stepped up, dropping 45 points and 15 rebounds in an elimination game to force the series back to South Beach.

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LeBRon, Wade and Bosh scored the Heat's final 31 points.

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"We still got a lot of work to do. But we're going to enjoy this." - Alonzo Mourning.

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@ NBA : The @MiamiHEAT defeated the @celtics 101-88 in an amazing #Game7 behind LeBron's 31 points and 12 rebounds. Bosh added 19 off the bench.

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@ johnhollinger : Doc looks close to tears

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@ johnhollinger : Genius move by Rondo trying to throw towel on the camera tracking him.

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Dooling misses a 3. Miami holds onto the ball and the HEAT WIN GAME 7 AND ARE GOING BACK TO THE NBA FINALS!

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Wade makes both. 101-88.

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Bosh and LeBron leave the game to a standing ovation.

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Wade takes it into the paint and gets fouled on the shot. 28.3 seconds left. Doc Rivers takes Pierce, Ray Allen and KG out. Hugs on the Celtics bench. Doc Rivers is very emotional. Appears to be tearing up.

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99-88 MIAMI. 39.6 SECONDS LEFT.

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Rondo hits a shot from the top of the key. Refs are reviewing whether it's a 2 or a 3.

"Who cares. The game is over." - Jeff Van Gundy.

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Pierce launches a 3-pointer but misses. 1 MINUTES LEFT. And Miami looks like they have this game wrapped up. 99-86 Heat. LeBron misses an off-balanced shot.

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@ WindhorstESPN : 6 30-point games, 5 10-rebound games, 1 45-point game, 53% shooting, 2-0 in elimination games. Best series of LeBron's career.

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LeBron makes one of two. 99-86 MIAMI. Boston calls timeout.

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LeBron goes to the rim and draws a foul on the shot. Foul is on Pietrus.

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Rondo misses a 3 off the rim and Wade brings the ball up.

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KG gets the ball down low and draws a foul on the shot. Foul is called on Haslem. 1:48 to go in the game.

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@ NBAonESPN : RT @ShotDrJr: LeBron with 30 and 12... Ho hum.

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LeBron misses a free throw but Miami gets the long offensive rebound. Wade turns the ball over though. Spoelstra calls timeout. 98-86 MIAMI.

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Ray Allen gets open but misses a 3. Bosh gets the rebound. Celtics look out of gas.

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Wade gets the free throw to go. 98-86 Miami.

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Rondo gets in the paint but gets his shot blocked. 3 minutes remaining. Wade has the ball at the top of the key. He fades away, throws up a tough shot and it falls AND ONE. 97-86 Miami. How did he get that one to go?? Oh right, he's Dwyane Wade.

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@ NBAonESPN : RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Rondo is the first player to have two Game 7 triple-doubles in NBA history.

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Boston called a timeout.

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Wade hesitates, gets into the lane and makes a one-handed runner to extend Miami's lead to 95-86.

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Bosh makes an easy 2 in the paint. Rondo's alley-oop pass to KG gets deflected and Wade has the ball with 3:30 to go.

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