It was a crazy (controversial?) night, but in the end, it was the Celtics who came out on top in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA playoffs.
LeBron James flopped Kevin Garnett into his third foul of the game just as Rajon Rondo was driving uncontested to the rim for a possible game winning layup with less than 25 seconds to play.
The King’s acting had no effect on the outcome of the first four quarters of play, though, because Udonis Haslem bricked a 15 foot jumper at the buzzer on the very next possession.
Then, in the opening minute of overtime, Paul Peirce bumped into Shane Battier, who, of course, went flying. Peirce fouled out.
But Karma would catch up to the King and his court.
Just a few minutes later, the game still hanging in the balance, James tried to post up Michael Pietrus, who, of course, fell down. James fell with him, and the officials called him for the charge.
It wasn’t the right call, but it felt right after the way regulation ended.
Rondo was special again, putting in a solid night’s work with 15 points, 15 assists and five rebounds. Pierce scored 23 and added six rebounds before his departure, and every Boston starter scored in double figures.
A report on ESPN says Chris Bosh could be back for game five in Miami if there are no set backs with his rehab.
Durant had a near triple-double (36 points, eight assists and six rebounds) and Serge Ibaka went 11 of 11 from the floor on his way to a 26 point, five rebound, three block performance.
The game was an all-out slug fest, though.
Both teams shot at least 50 percent from the floor, the Spurs hit 11 threes, and neither team was too loose with the ball.
The game was won on the boards (OKC out-rebounded the Spurs by 10) and because of how the Thunder got their points; San Antonio had 17 assists compared to Oklahoma City’s 27. The Thunder got more easy looks out of the flow of their offense, and the Spurs had to rely on their players getting creative in order to score.
That series will switch back to San Antonio for game five tonight at 9 p.m. on TNT.