Miami ice: Celtics cool off Heat's Big 3

October, 27, 2010
10/27/10
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By ESPN Stats & Info
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The Boston Celtics raced out to a 45-30 halftime lead and held off a late Miami Heat rally to win their fourth straight season opener, the longest active win streak in season-opening games.

Miami scored just nine points in the first quarter, its fewest in any quarter since March 15, 2009 at Philadelphia and their fewest in the first quarter since March 23, 2007 at Indiana. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade committed all six of the Heat’s turnovers in the opening quarter as the duo shot a combined 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from the floor.

James finished with a game-high 31 points and eight turnovers. LeBron was responsible for 49 percent of the Heat’s output (39 of 80 points), and had one more field goal (10) than the four other starters combined (9).

What does this loss mean for the Heat? Over the last 20 years, only three teams have gone on to win the NBA title after losing their first game. The last NBA Champion to lose the first game of the season in which they won a title was the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons.

Ray Allen led the Celtics with 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while Paul Pierce finished with 19 points, snapping his streak of 11 straight season-openers with at least 20 points, which was the second-longest all-time. Rajon Rondo scored only four points but chipped in with 17 assists, tying Oscar Robertson for the third-most in NBA history in a season opener.

The Heat’s Big Three were on the floor together for 29 minutes but the trio was actually outscored by eight points and turned the ball over 10 times when playing at the same time. In the 19 minutes Wade, Bosh and James were not all on the floor together, the Heat performed better, with a higher field goal percentage while matching the Celtics on the scoreboard.

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