Boston Mauls Miami to Take Game 1

The Boston Celtics put a beatdown on the Miami Heat Sunday afternoon, coming out with a 114-94 victory in Game 1.

The Celtics lead by as much as 34 in the win, cruising to a 1-0 series lead. Miami made it a little interesting in the 4th with a 26-7 run, but with Boston so far out in front, they never got the lead under 14. 

This was a fantastic opening-day performance by the guys to build some confidence and set the tone for the rest of the series.
Jayson Tatum (23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) led the way for the Celts, as JT recorded his first career playoff triple-double. Tatum took a hard fall late in the 4th quarter on what appeared to be a dirty play by Caleb Martin, but JT was able to get back to his feet and walk it off.

Boston ended Game 1 with six players in double-figures, including Derrick White (20 points, 4 assists), Kristaps Porzingis (18 points, 4/8 3PT), and Jaylen Brown (17 points, 8 rebounds). 

Boston's final tally from long range was 22/49, matching a franchise record with 22 made 3's in a playoff game.

Shoutout to all of the bench guys tonight for being ready to play. Sam, Al, and Payton were all fantastic in their minutes. With Jimmy Butler likely sidelined for the entirety of the series, if the Celtics stay locked in, there's no reason this should take more than four or five games.

JT and JB didn't have to do a ton offensively and the C's still blew Miami out of the building. Just lock in the next game and take a 2-0 lead to South Beach. 

Game 2 will be Wednesday night at TD Garden. Go Celtics!