Heat top Celtics in NBA Opener

By Alex Skillin,

The Miami Heat pulled away from the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night for a 120-107 win in the NBA's season opener.

Miami's offense looked potent all night long, scoring 62 points in the first half, an amount Boston's defense has allowed only seven times in a game's opening two quarters over the past four seasons, according to the Miami Herald. LeBron James scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and chipped in with three assists, while Dwyane Wade paced the Heat with 29 points.

Miami led by six after the first quarter, with former Celtic Ray Allen coming off the bench 9 minutes and 15 seconds into the game. Allen scored 19 points against his former team, including a corner three for his first bucket as a member of the Heat.

The defending champions pulled away in the second half, though Boston nearly came back after an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter led by point guard Rajon Rondo who scored 20 points and dished out 13 assists. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points, though 16 of those came in the first half, reports the Associated Press.

Miami plays next against the New York Knicks on Friday night, while the Celtics will look for their first win at home versus the Milwaukee Bucks.

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