In a battle of the Big Three’s, it was Rajon Rondo and Glen “Big Baby” Davis who led the Celtics to a 88-80 victory over the talents of South Beach in Tuesday night’s season opener.
Even though Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett out-dueled Lebron James (for the most part), Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, it was the spark of Rondo and Davis that helped push the C’s past the pre-season favorite Miami Heat.
The Heat managed only nine points in the first quarter and if it weren’t for a dominant second half from James, the Heat would have been embarrassed in their season opener at the TD Garden. Although it was a sloppy start for the hyped-up Heat (18 turnovers), King James will preach patience in judging the Heat by saying tha “We all know Rome wasn’t build in one day.”
Rondo had four points, 17 assists and five rebounds with Big Baby adding 13 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Wade and Bosh were stifled by the Celtics revamped defense, scoring 13 and eight points respectively. James added 31 points of his own.
If it weren’t for James’ 15 points in the third quarter, many Miami fans would be clamoring for the fall of Rome but luckily for C’s fans, the James-led comeback halted at 83-80 as a clutch three-pointer from Ray Allen helped seal the Boston victory.
The Celtics (1-0) have a quick turnaround as Boston travels to Cleveland on Wednesday trying to avoid a let-down against the Lebron-less Cavaliers.