2012 Eastern Conference Finals
Date: May 28-June 9, 2012
Teams and result: Miami Heat over Boston Celtics in seven games.
After an easy victory in the opening contest (without Chris Bosh who wouldn't return until Game 5), the Heat were pushed to OT in Game 2 by a surprisingly spry Celtics squad (these guys were supposed to be "old") led by Rajon Rondo's 44 points. Boston took Game 3 and then Game 4 in OT to even up the series. They then took it a step further as the "Old" Big Three refused to pass the torch by taking Game 5 94-90, with KG posting a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double and Paul Pierce contributing with a clutch three late in the game right in the face of the "Chosen One."
In the end, the Heat prevailed with two double digit victories, but this battle gave them the fortitude to punch back after dropping Game 1 to the Thunder in the Finals, and also got LeBron to about one-eighth of the championships he promised to deliver to South Beach.