Miami Heat burn Boston Celtics in Game 1 of ECF behind LeBron’s 32 and 13

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He who laughs last, laughs first?

Seven wins separate the Miami Heat from becoming 2011-2012 NBA champs after last night’s 93-79 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points, 13 boards, 3 assists and 3 of Miami’s 11 blocks.

To go along with James’ 32, Dwyane Wade scored 22 and dished out 7 dimes. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were a combined 6-25 from the field. Miami shot out to a 21-11 first quarter lead before Boston put up 35 points in the second period to tie the game at 46 heading into halftime. Miami’s defense shut down the Celtics the rest of the way…holding Boston to 15 points in the 3rd and 18 in the fourth quarter, respectively.

Kevin Garnett had 23 and 10. Pierce had 12. Rajon Rondo had 16 but shot just 8-20. Rondo did have 9 boards and 7 assists. Shane Battier had 10 points, 10 rebounds. Miami shot 50% while Boston was just 39%. Neither team shot well from the arc. Miami was 5-25 and Boston 4-14. The Heat held a 48-33 rebound advantage. Few most likely had the Celtics winning after a 2 day turnaround after closing out Philly.

What do you all think of the technical fouls called? Was I the only one who thought they were quite curious?

 

 

Boston
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Pierce F 39:38 5-18 0-0 2-4 -16 0 2 3 0 1 1 1 12
B. Bass F 34:00 4-11 0-2 0-0 -11 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 8
K. Garnett C 30:41 9-16 5-6 0-0 -9 3 10 2 1 1 1 5 23
R. Rondo G 44:20 8-20 0-0 0-1 -15 3 9 7 0 1 4 3 16
R. Allen G 38:42 1-7 3-7 1-4 -9 2 5 2 0 2 1 2 6
M. Pietrus 16:43 0-1 1-4 0-1 -11 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
K. Dooling 11:52 1-3 0-0 1-3 -5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
G. Stiemsma 11:37 2-2 2-2 0-0 -3 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 6
R. Hollins 3:40 1-1 0-0 0-0 +1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
S. Pavlovic 3:44 0-1 0-0 0-1 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Daniels 1:41 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
E. Moore 1:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams 1:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Bradley  DNP — INACTIVE
J. Johnson  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 32-81
(.395)
11-21
(.524)
4-14
(.286)
- 10 33 19 1 6 8 19 79
Miami
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. James F 43:53 13-22 6-9 0-3 +17 1 13 3 3 1 3 2 32
S. Battier F 35:49 4-11 0-0 2-9 +16 2 10 2 2 1 0 2 10
R. Turiaf C 18:28 2-3 0-0 0-0 +6 1 5 0 1 0 1 3 4
M. Chalmers G 39:31 3-9 3-4 0-6 +9 1 5 4 1 0 1 0 9
D. Wade G 38:14 8-13 6-6 0-1 +16 2 3 7 2 1 4 2 22
J. Anthony 20:20 1-2 1-4 0-0 +6 2 6 0 2 0 1 5 3
U. Haslem 15:15 0-2 0-0 0-0 +3 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 0
M. Miller 12:06 3-5 0-0 2-2 -5 2 3 0 0 0 1 4 8
J. Jones 10:04 1-3 0-0 1-3 +4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
N. Cole 4:39 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
J. Howard 1:41 1-1 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
D. Pittman  DNP — NBA SUSPENSION
T. Harris  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
C. Bosh  DNP — INACTIVE
E. Curry  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 36-72
(.500)
16-23
(.696)
5-25
(.200)
- 13 48 17 11 4 12 21 93

 

Officials: Dan Crawford, Ed Malloy, Jason Phillips
Attendance: 19,912
Time of Game: 2:26
Technicals
Boston
- Team (7:08 – 1st Qtr)
- R. Allen (10:22 – 2nd Qtr)
- Team (7:13 – 2nd Qtr)
- Coach (3:13 – 2nd Qtr)
- R. Rondo (5:06 – 3rd Qtr)

 

5 Responses to “Miami Heat burn Boston Celtics in Game 1 of ECF behind LeBron’s 32 and 13”

  1. Vinny Hardy says:

    All of those techs, quite curious. That’s a nice, mild, polite way to phrase it. I like that.

  2. KT says:

    They were quick to tee up Doc and Ray Allen. I don’t think they should’ve called those. The delay of game tech was legit. I don’t remember what happened with Rondo’s tech.

    But we can look forward to more of it, especially after Rondo’s comments about making sure they hit the ground.

  3. GrandNubian says:

    Yeah, I didn’t understand Doc’s and Allen’s technical fouls. Those shouldn’t have been called. Rondo’s “T” came after he pushed Battier. I didn’t agree with that one either, but I understand why it was probably called.

    I think the refs were trying to negate any possible physical play that could have led to flagrant fouls. (See last series: Heat vs. Pacers)

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  5. Origin says:

    The techs in this game were typical NBA. The only reason the troll fans and media is concerned is because its the Miami Heat (not the folks on here because we always call out that fishy mess). We have seen the league do this type of fishy stuff before. There was no concern from folks when Rasheed would get garbage techs for just looking at a ref.

    Or the out cry about flopping (after Chandler bashed Lebron in the neck) when Horry was doing crap like this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ukde193ivM

    The crazy thing is whenever the media starts bitching about calls the Heat get the next game you see a complete opposite in calls. So I guess this next game they will give the Heat 3 quick technicals. Also what is up with the media (ESPN or TNT) only showing highlights during the game of fouls or plays that the Heat get away with. If Lebron travels they point it out but Granger takes 8 steps and no one says crap. If Bosh goes over the back they show the replay but
    Chandler does the same and they say or show nothing. I mean the media just feeds into the hate just as much as the silly ass fans.

    Just look at the play tonight where Fisher gets called for an offensive foul when Parker was guarding him. Just one replay and Kerr punk ass said nothing. If that was a call in the Heats favor they would have talked about and replayed that play over and over again. Now if folks want to talk fishy this stuff by the media in the last 2 years is extremely fishy and reminds me of how they treated Kobe after the incident in Colorado. They ragged on that dude and called out everything wrong he did for 3 or 4 years until he reached the finals in 2008. After that it was almost as if they left him alone because they got their pound of flesh and were full.

    So the Heat and Lebron will have to hold on and hopefully the hate will dissipate in the next year or 2. Or they could always sign Nash in the offseason and suddenly all the haters will be rooting for them to get that ring for old Nash.

    As for the series I still think it will go 6 or 7 games. I believe that Doc can coach circles around Spo’s slow ass. Doc threw the that Zone defense out there and Spo slow self didn’t know what to do. Dude is the Andy Reid of the NBA….just like Andy I don’t know if Spo is point shaving or just can’t coach. Add to the fact that they really do miss Bosh even against a team with few big men like the Celtics.

    Anyway as a person who saw basically saw every game that MJ and Pippen played it is amazing how skilled Lebron is. It is as if they took Pippen and combined him with Magic. To be that big and able to pass and dribble like a point guard along with the willingness to do whatever is needed to win games is just out of this world.

    I have to say that he and Garnett in his prime are the best 2 way players I have ever seen in my life. Even as good as magic was he struggled to guard small PGs….Lebron guards these dudes with ease plus he guards centers at times and I thought it was amazing that Garnett could guard Centers, PFs, SFs and at times SGs when he was young (he use to guard MJ during the 96, 97, 98 seasons at times).

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