by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

There was LeBron James, looking on helplessly from the bench as his team had a golden opportunity to push the Boston Celtics to the brink of elimination by taking a 3-1 series lead.

When Dwyane Wade’s last-second three rimmed out, James was visibly devastated, and now the Eastern Conference Finals are all knotted up at two games apiece.

In his postgame comments, LeBron disagreed completely with the call that had him ushered out of the contest. Pat Riley was also less than pleased with the calls in a more general sense.

Per the AP and Yahoo! Sports:

“I’d rather be on the floor,” James said. “I don’t foul out,” said James, whose sixth foul was an offensive foul underneath the Miami basket. “If I’m going to foul out, that sixth foul, I wish I would have earned it and it had actually been a foul on me. Whatever.”

“It’s a typical night in the Boston Garden,” Heat president Pat Riley said before exiting his team’s postgame locker room.

This was the first time since 2008 that LeBron James fouled out of a game, and the only time it has happened to him in the postseason.

The series now moves on to Miami for the all-important Game 5 on Tuesday night. Here’s to hoping all of the key players will be on the floor when it’s time to decide the outcome of that one.