Paul Pierce and LeBron James have waged some classic back-and-forth playoff duels. Last night was not one of them.

James came out guns blazing while Pierce was shooting blanks in Miami's 98-79 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Garden.

James finished with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a tour-de-force performance that completely overwhelmed the Celtics. Pierce had just nine points, shooting 4-for-18 from the field and 0-for-6 from long range.