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Heat-Celtics Game 1 wrapup

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 18, 2010 12:03 AM

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Points Pierce 16 Wade 26
Rebounds Garnett 9 O'Neal 9
Assists Rondo 10 Wade 6
Steals T. Allen 3 Wade 3

End of first quarter, Heat 29-28
Each team shoots over 50 percent and the Heat players besides Dwyane Wade score 19 points on 7 for 16 shooting. Tony Allen keeps the Celtics close with 8 points and he converts a layup at the buzzer to cut the deficit to one.

Halftime, Heat 44-41
The Celtics shoot 28 percent in the quarter and score just 13 points but their defense begins to make a statement and holds Miami to 15. Rajon Rondo hits a layup at the buzzer and the Celtics feel lucky to trail by just three. Paul Pierce records one free throw in 8:43 in the second quarter while Ray Allen takes half of Boston's 14 shots and misses five of them.

End of third quarter, Heat 66-64
Heat actually led 61-47 and the Boston faithful grew impatient but the Celtics used Pierce and a couple of key buckets by Kevin Garnett to end the quarter on a 17-5 run, Miami scored 5 points in the final 7:03 of the period and Wade is silent.

Final, Celtics 85-76
The run grows to 32-10 and the lead reaches as many as 10 as the Celtics shut down the overwhelmed Heat, which played about 1 1/2 solid quarters. With 40 seconds left, Kevin Garnett and Quentin Richardson get into a scuffle when Richardson approaches Paul Pierce, who is lying on the floor near the Heat bench writhing in pain. Garnett's ejection doesn't haunt the Celtics and they end the game on a 38-15 run.

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