Heat Close Out Celtics 97-87, Advance To Conference Finals

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, LeBron James put Miami up for good with a 3-pointer with 2:10 left and finished with 33, and the Heat scored the final 16 points to top Boston 97-87 on Wednesday night to win their East semifinal series in five games.

James came to Miami in part to have a better chance to beat the Celtics, and the move paid off. Boston ended two of his last three postseason runs with Cleveland.

Chris Bosh finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Miami. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 18 points.

Next up for Miami: Either Chicago or Atlanta, in a series that may start as early as Sunday. The Bulls lead 3-2.

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