May 29, 2012- The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in the first game of their best of seven series for the eastern conference championships in the NBA. The Heat won easily 93-79 and will play game two on Wednesday night in Miami. The Heat was once again led by the excellent play of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Miami outrebounded the Celtics by 15 rebounds and blocked 11 of Boston’s shots during the game.
James ended the night with 32 points and hauled down 13 rebounds, while Wade added 22 points. Both teams had good runs during the first three quarters of the games, but the Heat was able to eventually pull away for the victory. Helping the Heat was Shane Battier who scored 10 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Celtics were led by the 23 points of Kevin Garnett and the 16 points and seven assists by Rajon Rondo. However, veteran guard Ray Allen hit only 1 of his 7 shots. Also hurting the Celtics effort in the game was the three technical fouls that were assessed against them.
Boston coach Doc Rivers called the technical against him the worst one that has ever been called. He said he only said “Come on” to the official and was hit with the technical foul. Nevertheless, the game is in the books and nothing can change the results and Boston can only hope to play more consistent and for four full quarters.