Best NBA Playoff Battles

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Heat defeat Celtics

2012 East finals

The third straight postseason matchup between the Heat and Celtics was all about LeBron James. The regular-season MVP averaged 33.6 points and 11 rebounds during the series and saved the Heat with a critical 45-point performance on the road in a do-or-die Game 6. The seven-game series also brought out the best in Rajon Rondo, whose Game 2 performance (44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds in 53 minutes) was one for the ages.

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