For all of the press shine that the Miami Heat received this offseason the real shine was handed out in LA last night as the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers were given their Championship rings.
Lakers newcomer Steve Blake knocked down a three-pointer late in regulation as the Lakers came back from 13 down to defeat the Houston Rockets 112-110. The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol with 29 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant finished with 27 points and 7 assists. The Rockets backcourt of Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks combined for 50 points. Yao Ming saw his first action since the 2009 playoffs after injuring his left foot and finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds
As for this summer’s paper champs, the Heat were outlasted by a much deeper Boston Celtics squad 88-81 after a furious fourth quarter rally. LeBron James would finish with 31 points in a game that had all the feeling of the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics issued 400 media credentials as the most anticipated season opener in sometime tipped off. The Heat trio struggled to jell as Dwayne Wade finished with 13 points and Chris Bosh with 8 points, respectively. It seemed as if the Heat were trying to hard to prove their unselfishness while struggling. Ray Allen (20 points) and Paul Pierce (19 points) paced the Celtics scoring but it was point man Rajon Rondo who steered the ship with only 4 points but handed out a whopping 17 assists. Shaquille O’Neal scored 9 points and grabbed 7 boards in his Celtics debut.
In other scores: Portland Trailblazers 106 – Phoenix Suns 92