Behind a strong effort from forward Glen Davis, the Celtics shook off the tension from Game 1 en route to a 106-77 victory at the TD Garden. Davis, who dubbed himself "The Ticket Stub" in last year's postseason, posted 23 points and eight rebounds in place of "The Big Ticket."
Garnett was serving his one game suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in the melee that broke out in the final minute of Game 1 after KG and Richardson exchanged words that led to the elbowing. Richardson was also fined $25,000 for his participation.
Ray Allen also came up big with a 25-point performance on a deadly seven-for-nine shooting from the three-point line. Allen got hot in the third quarter, draining five three-pointers that keyed a 44-8 Celtic run and ended Miami's night.
The Heat went ice cold in the middle of the second quarter, scoring only eight points over the next 16 and a half minutes that allowed Boston to go ahead 69-37 with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
After a Jermaine O'Neal jumper gave the Heat a 29-25 lead, the Celtics scored 21 unanswered points that gave them a 46-31 lead that wasn't broken until a Michael Beasley jumper with 2:07 left in the half. The Celtic run completely rattled Miami and they never even came close to recovering, trailing by at least 25 for the entire second half.
Wade once again led a one-man effort, scoring 29 points on 11-for-18 shooting and going five-for-eight from beyond the arc. He also had five assists and two blocks.
Michael Beasley contributed 13 points and seven boards, but still looked timid in his second playoff appearance. He shot just six-of-14 and struggled to get his groove. Mario Chalmers chipped in 10 points and four assists.
For the second straight game, Miami went ice cold from the field. Only this time, it came a lot earlier than the first game, when the Heat blew a 13-point lead third quarter lead because of poor fourth quarter shooting. This time, Miami looked sluggish from the start of the second quarter. They finished with a mere 33 points in the first half.
Boston seemed motivated without their emotional leader and their defensive intensity certainly turned up. They limited Miami to 38 percent shooting from the field in the contest, however, the Heat did shoot nine-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Celtics also outrebounded Miami 50-33 in the game.
The Heat now find themselves down 0-2 in the the best-of-seven series and put themselves in must-win situation on Friday for Game Three.
Miami is going need their role players to step up as it is evident Wade can not do it all by himself. JO, Carlos Arroyo, and Quentin Richardson combined for 11 points on a horrendous four-of-23 shooting.
Richardson appeared rattled from the home crowd, who booed him nearly every time he touched the ball.
Either way, Miami will need its supporting cast to regroup and come up big in Game 3 in order to get back in the series.
“This is an embarrassing loss,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It is one loss. It is not four losses and what we can control right now is getting our minds right and taking care of the most important game on Friday.”
Game 3 is in Miami on Friday and the Heat will look for the support of their home crowd to help fire them up and avoid an 0-3 deficit.