Ugly Brawl, Hard Defense Mars Heat’s Loss to Boston In Game One

April 18th, 2010 by John Friel Leave a reply »
In a series that featured the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, it just wouldn't be the same unless it was capped off by some event where tensions boil over and eventually spill out and lead to some sort of brawl.

It was ugly, hard-nosed, and I can't wait for game two.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks, but couldn't get much help from anywhere else in the Heat's game one 85-76 loss. Quentin Richardson was the only other Miami player in double figures with 15.

The Celtics got their usual balanced attack with Paul Pierce scoring 16, Kevin Garnett dropping 15, Tony Allen tallying 14, and Rajon Rondo ending with 10 points. Typically, four players in double figures will triumph against a team where one player controls the tempo for three parts of the game and then needs to rely on his teammates in the final frame.

The Heat appeared to be in full control when they took a 61-48 lead with seven and a half minutes left in the third quarter and Dwyane Wade was cutting into the lane at will, but double teams and missed shots gave the Celtics all they needed to stage a comeback and take back the ...

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