May 29, 2012 – Miami, FL
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was his usual spectacular in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals as he scored 32 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and three assists while Dwyane Wade added 22 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two blocks in a 93-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Miami’s supporting cast of Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers were solid, with Battier’s ten points, Miller’s eight points and Chalmers’s nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Boston’s Kevin Garnett led with 23 points, 10 rebounds while Rajon Rondo added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. However, Paul Pierce (12 points, sprained knee) and Ray Allen (six points, sore ankle) were not shooting well – Allen, regarded as one of the top foul shooters in the history of the game, missed four first-half free throws, a career worst.
While the referees did not lose it for Boston, they did not help, assessing four technicals on the Celtics (including one on Coach Doc Rivers). The Celtics shot 39.5 percent and their weariness from seven games with the 76ers was showing quite clearly. After the second quarter, they were tied with the Heat at 46 but lost their momentum after that.