It's opening day of the 2012-13 NBA regular season and we've already come across a slugfest. The Miami Heat may have come out on top by the final score of 120-107, but it was simply a match of who could throw enough haymakers to knock their opponent down for the count.
The Heat were able to do so behind a stellar night from their Big Four. Dwyane Wade finished with a game-high 29 points, LeBron James posted 26 points and 10 rebounds despite missing much of the second half with cramps, Chris Bosh posted 19 points and 10 boards, and former Celtic Ray Allen torched his former team for 19 points of his own.
Even Rajon Rondo's near-triple-double and Leandro Barbosa's late-game heroics couldn't bring the Celtics back to win this one.
Rondo finished with 20 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, while Barbosa dropped in all 16 of his points during the fourth quarter. The Celtics would use Barbosa's scoring to cut the lead from 17 to just four with 2:09 remaining.
Chris Bosh would score five of the game's final seven points and put this one out of reach, though, putting an end to the first chapter of the 2012-13 edition of the Celtics-Heat rivalry. So, who gets graded how?