BOSTON — Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 15 assists, and scored the final three points of the Boston Celtics’ 93-91 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night that evened the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece.
Getting a huge break when LeBron James fouled out for the first time since joining the Heat, the Celtics recovered after blowing an 18-point lead in regulation to move two games away from a third trip to the NBA finals in five years.
Kevin Garnett added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce scored 23 points before fouling out.
James had 29 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20 for the Heat, who host Game 5 on Tuesday.
Chris Bosh sat out again for the Heat.
He missed his ninth consecutive game Sunday with a lower abdominal strain. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says that Bosh’s status is “still indefinite.”
OBITUARY: LeRoy Ellis, who played 14 years in the NBA after a standout career at St. John’s, has died of prostate cancer. He was 72.
St. John’s announced Ellis died Saturday.
Ellis played at St. John’s from 1959-62 and still holds the school single-season record for rebounding with an average of 16.5 in his junior year.
Ellis appeared in 1,048 NBA games over 14 seasons with the Lakers, Baltimore, Portland and Philadelphia. He posted career averages of 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.