CAPTION: May 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade reacts during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Laugh it off
LeBron James and the Heat were in a good mood during their 93-79 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday. LeBron finished with 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the floor.
Path to glory
Dwyane Wade slashes through the Celtics defense during his 22-point effort. Wade finished 8 of 13 from the floor and dished out a team-high seven assists as the Heat outscored Boston 42-34 in the paint.
Silencing The Truth
Paul Pierce must have felt like he had two guys on him the whole game, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field in 40 minutes. Pierce's shooting woes extended to most of the Celtics roster, which shot 40 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Directing the flow
LeBron James finishes with game highs in points (32), rebounds (13) and blocks (3) in another dominant performance. The Heat might have a stranglehold on the series after their Game 1 win. In the previous 10 postseasons, teams with 1-0 leads in conference finals have advanced 15 out of 20 times.
Need a breather?
LeBron James crowds Rajon Rondo, making it difficult for the Celtics' All-Star point guard. Rondo finished 8 of 20 from the floor for 16 points. The Heat's pressure defense didn't create many turnovers though as Boston committed only eight in the game.
Dwyane Wade drives to the rim and is greeted by Kevin Garnett, who delivers a hard foul on the Heat's star guard. Wade made the most of his trips to the free-throw line, hitting all six of his attempts.
No need to worry
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra should have taken it easy Monday. Spoelstra is now 6-0 in series openers at home.
You should be mad
Kevin Garnett (5) should be asking his Big 3 teammates -- Paul Pierce (34) and Ray Allen -- what happened Monday. Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-16 shooting, but Pierce and Allen combined for only 18 points on 6-of-25 shooting from the floor.
None too pleased
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was not happy with the officiating Monday. Rivers was assessed what appeared to be a quick technical for disputing a call, one of three techs Boston collected.
LeBron James gets the better of his head-to-head matchup vs. Paul Pierce, outscoring him 32-12 and outrebounding him 13-2.
Slash and burn
Dwyane Wade drives to the rim for two of his six points in the first half. The Heat shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but went into intermission tied with the Celtics.
Oldie but goodie
Kevin Garnett proved he still has some moves, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half, helping the Celtics go into half tied with the Heat. Boston scored 35 points in the second quarter after struggling to reach 11 in the first quarter.
Need some space
Rajon Rondo tries to shoot over Heat center Ronny Turiaf in a back-and-forth first half. The Celtics didn't come out of halftime with the same sense of urgency, getting outscored 26-15 in the third quarter.
Rapper Lil Wayne takes in the Heat's 93-79 win over the Celtics in Game 1. Wayne got to see LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combine for 54 points.
Dwyane Wade scores 16 of his 22 points in the second half to fuel the Heat, who outscored the Celtics 47-33 after the break.
Heat fans get ready to watch their team top the Celtics in Game 1. Miami shot 50 percent from the field and scored 42 points in the paint.