June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) smiles during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Boston won 94-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Pierce leads Boston to victory over Miami

The Boston Celtics are on the brink of eliminating Miami in the Eastern Conference finals. Last night, Boston defeated Miami, 94-90 on the road to gain a 3-2 series lead.

Former Kansas star Paul Pierce, nailed a pivotal three-pointer to push the Celtics to a 90-86 lead, with 52 seconds remaining. Pierce for the game, totaled 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Mario Chalmers, also formerly of Kansas, scored nine points, four assists and four rebounds. The usual suspects did most of the damage for Miami. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, combined for 57 points. No other Heat player was in double-figures.

Boston had a more balanced scoring output as Kevin Garnett scored 26 points to lead all scorers. Ray Allen and Micheal Pietrus added 13 points each. Rajon Rondo didn’t have a good day scoring, though had 13 assists in the game.

Game six is scheduled for Thursday in Boston. Hard to believe that the Celtics can finish off the Heat then. Tonight in the NBA, another former Jayhawk Nick Collison is in action for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder host San Antonio in game six of the Western Conference finals. Oklahoma City holds a 3-2 series advantage, and can finish off the top-seeded Spurs tonight. If everything holds up, we are looking at a NBA finals match-up between Boston and Oklahoma City? Wow.

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