The Boston Celtics took it to LeBron James and the Miami Heat early and held on late Tuesday night in the highly-anticipated season opener.
Miami's ugly first half performance did little to justify the historic level of pregame hype.
The Heat totaled just nine points in the first quarter and managed to score a meager 30 points in the half.
With Carlos Arroyo starting at point guard, Erik Spoelstra used LeBron to run the offense for long stretches.
The Heat bogged down in the half court and looked absolutely lost on offense.
Meanwhile, the Celtics took care of business by moving the ball and clamping down defensively.
After the break, LeBron reminded us why he was the most sought-after commodity in the history of professional sports by leading a Heat comeback with a spectacular second half.
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce hit several huge shots to help the Celtics hold on for an 88-80 victory.
Here's 10 things we learned about LeBron and the Heat in arguably the most anticipated season opener in NBA history.