The Celtics knocked off Miami tonight, winning 88-80 and spoiling the debut of the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh trio. Ray Allen led Boston with 20 points and went 5-8 from beyond the arc and KG contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds. However, it was point guard Rajon Rondo who really led the charge recording 17 assists in the NBA season opener.

LBJ scored a game-high 31 points on 10-21 shooting from the field, but Wade and Bosh combined for only 21 points on 7-27 shooting from the field. On a side note, James was booed by the packed crowd at TD Banknorth Garden every time he touched the basketball.

Celtics fans feared it. Heat fans almost expected it. LeBron and company debuted with a massive scoring explosion...or not. The "superteam" sputtered out of the gate and scored a whopping nine points in the first quarter. They really struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Meanwhile, the Celtics seemed comfortable on both ends of the court and led by seven points after the opening frame.

Wade didn't even hit his first field goal until over two minutes into the second quarter. However, Miami was able to come hit some shots, and had 29 points to show for it at halftime. Boston continued its team effort and finished the half up 45-30. Rondo recorded eight dimes in the first half of the season.

The Heat followed that up with 25 more points in the third frame, due to a strong performance by James. He either scored or assisted each of the team's last 14 points of the quarter to pull the team within six points. Boston led 63-57 going into the final period.

The two teams continued to battle through the fourth quarter.. With 4:51 left, Paul Pierce drew a foul on a three-pointer and extended the Boston lead to 11 points. At that point he had scored nine of the C's last 11 points. Miami finally came back to within one possession after James converted on a layup with 83-80 to go. They were unable to get any closer than that thanks to a Ray Allen shot from downtown and a pair of clutch foul shots from Pierce. Boston prevailed with an 88-80 victory.

The Celtics play again tomorrow night, at 7 PM in Cleveland.

Stephen Bailey 10/26/2010 10:24:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    rondo - 17 assists
    the heat as a team - 15 assists
    and they said the heat was going to win
    boston needs to tighten up on giving up leads glad we squeezed out a win though

  2. LeBron went off, it had to happen at some point. Though Boston could have protected the ball a little better, they played some tight defense.

  3. tb727 says:

    I'm uneasy about the Celtics offensively. I know it sounds weird with four 20,000 point scorers. I was very impressed with Daniels and Glen Davis. Shaq played well too. Unimpressed with Jermaine O'Neal.

  4. Ya Lebron didn't get many lay ups and hit some tough shots. We'll live with that. Wade looked horrible. Should be interesting to see how those two play together. Good recap.

  5. I was nervous until 1.2 seconds were left, great game by Celtics - they held a double digit lead most of the game. The Heat will have better performances than tonight though.

  6. JR says:

    Nice win by the C's. I wouldn't write off the Heat just yet though. Wade obviously looked rusty after being out so long. I think they'll add a couple rotation players before the playoffs begin, so they'll only get tougher. That said, a win is a win and the celtics have the best record in the league right now, while the Heat have the worst. :)

  7. Jenda says:

    One thought. I'm so happy even the fact I missed the game isn't going to spoil this for me. Great win! YES!

  8. JR says:

    Missed the game Jenda? Sleeping or satisfying the ladies?

  9. Jenda says:

    Well, I was working, had a gig in a lovely club and had to chat up the fans afterwards.

  10. JR says:

    Are you a musician Jenda?

  11. Keith Peckerhead says:

    Wade was rusty but so was J.O. Oneil's defense still looked good in his few minutes. He'll get better as the season goes on.

    Eddie House and Haslem are perfect fits on this Miami team.

  12. JR says:

    Very nice! Jazz music? On a related note Norman is a big time skin flutist.. or so he claims.

  13. Jenda says:

    Haha, loved the tweet by Docfunk "If you missed the Shaq statue at Harvard Square, you can catch the Jermaine statue on TNT right now." Kinda gives me a thought how JO played tonight.

    Nah, I play mostly rock and pop, world music for the money.
    I'd believe that Norman really blows.lol

  14. JR says:

    Nice. And Doc Funk is hilarious.

  15. Sarah says:

    Yeah, go C's!!! :)

  16. Doc Funk is a favorite of mine as well. Shaq impressed me as well. He missed a couple of easy ones, but he's getting great shots.

  17. JR says:

    Yeah Shaq looked good, but its painful to watch him miss FT after FT now that he's on our team.

  18. Very true. We knew that was going to happen though. I still think the positives outweight the negatives.

  19. outweigh*

    Also, KG's jumper looked really sharp. He's getting much more lift than last year.

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