Boston 79, Miami 93 - Boston Succumbs to Lebron James in Game One
Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals went to the Miami Heat courtesy of a dominating Lebron James performance. The Celtics fell 93-79 to James' well-rested squad.
Miami pulled away in the third quarter and continued to pile on in the final frame. They were largely aided by a flurry of missed shots from Boston as well as some suffocating defense. The Heat blocked 11 Celtic shots and grabbed 15 more rebounds on the night.
The Celtics finished the night shooting 39.5% from the field, compared to 50% for Miami. Also worrisome, Boston missed 10 free throws.
Boston was fighting the odds the entire first half. The Celtics were whistled for four technical fouls in the first 24 minutes and managed only 11 first quarter points. Despite all of that, they entered the break deadlocked with Miami at 46. The one highlight of the game was the second quarter which saw Boston score 35 points, more than they would manage in the entire second half.
The officiating of the second half improved but Boston's play did not. While frustrating to watch tick-tack foul calls, especially of the technical variety, Boston lost this game by missing shots and not rebounding. However, it is just one game and game one in Miami at that. This will be a long series and Boston will return and will play better.
Kevin Garnett did his job and was fairly dominant offensively, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo put up a lot of shots but didn't hit enough of them. He was also held to just seven assists, never a good sign for Boston.
James was phenomenal scoring 32 points and taking in 13 rebounds. Dwayne Wade came up big late hitting some pretty shots while going for 22 points on 8-13 shooting.
Boston will have a chance to even the young series Wednesday night when game two will tip-off at 8:30.
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