The Boston Celtics continued their stunning resurgence last night, beating the Miami Heat 92-91.
The Celtics have not lost a game with new stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen on their roster, though last night was a bit of a nail-biter. Boston actually blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter but won it on a Paul Pierce lay-up with 25 seconds left on the clock.
The Heat had their own all-star, Dwyane Wade, back in the line-up for the first time all season. Wade led the Heat with 23 points, but missed a basket at the buzzer that would've given Miami the win. Shaq, who's looked suspiciously like an old, washed-up shell of his former self so far this year, contributed 17 points and 9 boards to the losing effort.
Winning the Eastern Conference should really be a cake-walk for the Celtics. No team in the conference can boast three stars as dynamic as Garnett, Pierce and Allen. Perennial powers like the Heat and Pistons are down - the Heat way down, and the Pistons just sort of sluggish. The supposedly rising Bulls have been mired in a horrific slump since finding themselves in the middle of a cyclone of Kobe Bryant trade rumors. The Nets, Cavs and Wizards have yet to get off the launch-pad. The only other decent team in the conference right now is Orlando, with their stars Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis. But they're a youngish team, while the Celtics are loaded with veterans who bring a great combination of experience and hunger to win.