So much for a championship hangover for the Miami Heat. They didn't miss a beat after accepting their rings, christening their second banner in franchise history with a 120-107 victory over the archrival Boston Celtics.
And it wasn't even that close. The Heat dominated on both ends of the floor until LeBron James left with leg cramps in the fourth quarter. His absence left the C's with enough leeway to make a game of it in the fourth quarter before Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade sealed the deal with a 9-0 run over the final 1:47.
Not that it was all good news for the defending champs, or all bad for the guys in green. It's the first game of the season, after all, with plenty to work on for both teams.
Whatever may come over the final 81 games for these two Eastern Conference contenders, here's what each team showed for itself on opening night.