Miami made the requisite run, cutting a 19-point deficit to three in the final moments, before ultimately falling in a game that was closer than most would have expected after watching the Heat stumble through the early going.
Celtics fans serenaded the Heat with chants of “Ov-er-ra-ted!” in the final minutes, and Dwyane Wade surely set a career high of the wrong kind by having two shots bounce off the frame of the backboard in the same game. Miami was down 13. Game was over. Right?
Then Ray Allen _ who crushed the Heat and the Cavaliers in the playoffs last season _ made Wade, James and others relive those nightmares by hitting a 3-pointer from the left corner, pushing Boston’s lead back to six.
With that, the “Ov-er-ra-ted!” chants resumed.
Kind of might make for an odd scene in Cleveland on Wednesday night when Boston visits. After all, given the way James has gone from revered to reviled there, some Cavs fans might want to greet the Celtics with open arms for spoiling his debut.
Neither team was great offensively, though Miami was downright awful in that department at times. The final numbers: Heat shot 27 of 74 from the field, and James _ in the highest-scoring debut ever for a Heat player _ finished with 31 points, but had eight turnovers.
“It was fun,” Rajon Rondo said.
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