Record ratings

October, 27, 2010
10/27/10
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked before Tuesday's season-opener against the Heat that all of the world's eyes would be on Miami and he wasn't far off. From the Associated Press:
The debut of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Tuesday's opener drew the most viewers for an NBA regular-season game in cable history.

TNT said Wednesday that Miami's 88-80 loss to the Boston Celtics had a 4.6 rating and was watched by 7.4 million people. The rating is second only to the 4.9 for the Bulls-Lakers game on Feb. 2, 1996, when Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson met for the first time after both came out of retirement. That game had a smaller audience because of population growth.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Tuesday's game actually earned a higher rating in Boston (17.1) than in Miami (15.5). It drew a 10.6 in James' jilted former home of Cleveland.

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Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
18.4 2.0 1.2 35.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.4
AssistsR. Rondo 10.7
StealsR. Rondo 1.7
BlocksJ. Sullinger 0.9