NBA: Miami 101, Boston 88

June 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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MIAMI, June 9 (UPI) -- LeBron James pumped in 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Saturday, propelling the Miami Heat to a 101-88 win over Boston and a berth in the NBA finals.

James went 12-of-17 from the free-throw line while Dwyane Wade added 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who rebounded from a 3-games-to-2 deficit to defeat the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

They now advance to their second NBA finals in two years, and will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Western Conference champion Thunder starting Tuesday.

Chris Bosh, playing in his third game since returning from an abdominal injury, went 8-for-10 from the floor en route to 19 points -- including eight in the decisive fourth quarter -- and hauled down eight rebounds off the bench for Miami.

Rajon Rondo notched a triple-double with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 boards, while Paul Pierce added 19 points for the Celtics, who fell in the post-season to Miami for the second straight year.

Brandon Bass supplied 16 points, Ray Allen scored 15, and Kevin Garnett was held to 14 and seven rebounds for Boston.

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