The Celtics journey toward Banner 18 began well last night in the Garden with a 85-76 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the first round of playoffs. The name of the game was Tony Allen who created a much needed spark when he replaced Ray Allen in the third quarter. After the Heat quickly went up by 14 in the second half, Tony Allen came off of the bench to completely shut down Dwyane Wade, along with getting 14 points, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. His efforts were completely necessary considering the fact that Wade had 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, most of which came before Allen was defending him. Paul Pierce also played his part on offense by scoring the team high of 16 points, followed by Kevin Garnett with 15 points. Ray Allen was virtually not in the game last night, but Rajon Rondo took up some slack for him with a double-double 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists. Here are the highlights from game 1:
With only 40 seconds left in the game, KG was given two technicals and ejected from the game for a supposed elbow to Quentin Richardson's face in front of Miami's bench. He has also been fined $25,000 and suspended from the upcoming game 2 of this series. Big Baby Davis, Udonis Haslem, and Richardson were all also given technicals for being involved in the altercation. Game 2 at the Garden will be played on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on TNT.