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Heat Scorch Celtics To Take Game 1

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 The Miami Heat lost the 2nd quarter but dominated the other three to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Boston Celtics by the score of 93-79.

LeBron James scored 32 points and pulled down 13 boards, the 19th time he’s had a 30+ point 10+ rebound postseason game. However, it was his teammates that James was raving about. Considering the Heat outrebounded the Celtics by 15, and blocked 11 Boston shots, nobody was going to argue with James’ postgame comments.

“We get a lot of the press, we get a lot of the headlines,” James said of he and Dwyane Wade. ”But our teammates, they do everything to help us win ball games.”

Monday night, they helped the Heat win by holding the Celtics to less than 40% shooting from the field.

The one Celtic who did perform well on Memorial Day was Kevin Garnett. The former league MVP scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. In the first quarter, it seemed as if he was the only player wearing green that could make a basket. While Garnett was 3-4 from the field, the rest of Boston was 2-16, on their way to a measly 11 point quarter.

“We’ve had some rest the last few days,” explained Wade in postgame. “Our gameplan was to use our energy and effort here at home. I thought we did a great job of trying to push the pace.”

Wade finished Game 1 with 22 points and 7 assists. The Heat shot %50 from the field as a team for the 4th time this postseason. On all 4 occasions, Miami has won the game by double-digits.

Game 2 will remain in South Beach. Tip-off on Wednesday night is set for 7:30.

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