Ray Allen scored 38 points for the new-look Celtics against the new-look Heat in a losing effort as Miami earned its first win of the season.
"You know, it was a hard game. We went out there with the game plan for anyone but Lebron James to beat us. Ilgauskas certainly helped their cause scoring 18 points," coach Doc Rivers told the Boston media "Both teams played really hard and Ray was amazing. He really kept us in the game."
Newly acquired Celtics Danny Granger and David Lee pitched in as well as Granger scored 24 points and Lee scored 12, but both had some shooting troubles in the Garden. Granger shot 4-11 from behind the 3-point line while Lee was 6-16 from the field.
"I don't think it was first game jitters, I think it was just trying to adjust to some things. A brand new offense, brand new teammates, sometimes you just get lost in the shuffle a little." - Danny Granger
Granger was shooting well in the first quarter, scoring the team's first 10 points, but then had to go to the bench for most of the second half after picking up two quick fouls.
"Yeah it was tough having Danny on the bench," said Rivers "Those two fouls really hurt us and he wasn't able to get back into a groove because of all the time he was sitting on the bench. It's only one game against quite possible the best team in the East. Tomorrow we'll look at tape and move on, I'm not to worried."
Lebron James dropped 25 points in his Heat debut while Chris Bosh recorded a double double (23 points, 14 rebounds). Dwayne Wade had a quiet game, shooting 5-14 from the field and scoring 14 points.
The Celtics will travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on October 27.
Notes: This is Rajon Rondo's 6th time in his career he's had 15+ assists. The last time he did this was 2009-2010 season...Shaq scored his first points as a Celtic tonight but had some trouble at the free throw line shooting 2-6.
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