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Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Down Boston Celtics in Physical Battle

MIAMI, FL - MAY 01:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Grant TuckerContributor IIMay 1, 2011

The Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat throughout the entire season, winning the overall season series 3-1. But, if you watched what they put out on the court Sunday afternoon you would have had no idea.

Wade led the Head with 38 points on 14 of 21 shooting, while the unexpected star off the bench was James Jones, who scored a Miami playoff record with 25 points off of the bench.

The 99-90 win over Boston, giving the Heat an early 1-0 advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

The game was physical throughout and Paul Pierce was ejected in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul of the night. The game was loaded with brutal plays as there were four double technicals and a flagrant foul called tonight.  

Boston would not go away easily as they made a late fourth-quarter push. Ray Allen hit a three to cut it to an eight-point lead with just over four minutes remaining.

Miami however answered with two quick baskets from Bosh and Wade. That put away Boston for good as the Celtics did not came close the rest of the way.

Boston fully expects to come back strong for Game 2 on Tuesday, also in Miami. 

"We've got to do a better job [of getting Allen shots]," Doc Rivers said. "I have to do a better job. He has to do a better job of being patient and we've got to set picks. I think our pick-setting is horrendous right now. We have one pick-setter on the team and that's Kevin [Garnett]." 

James Jones shot 5-7 from behind the arc, which may have been the difference. The Heat will need a productive performance from him again in Game 2, if they want to take a huge 2-0 lead on the C's.

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