After averaging a season-low 13 points against the Boston Celtics in four games during the regular season, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tried a different approach to open the playoff series between the fast-becoming rivals: attack.

Wade piled up 23 points in the first half and 38 points total to pace Miami to a 99-90 victory over Boston in game one of their second-round series May 1 at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

“It’s a big game. It’s game one at home,” Wade told reporters after the game. “You’ve got to take care of home court. These guys expect this from me. I wasn’t giving it to them in the regular season versus them and I wanted to come out today and be a leader.”

Wade was fantastic, but it was reserve forward James Jones who gave the Celtics the biggest problem. Jones connected on 5-of-7 three pointers, including four in the first half, as Miami built a 15-point halftime lead. Boston guard Ray Allen scored 25 points and also hit five three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as the Heat stayed a step ahead all afternoon.

Miami will host Boston in game two in Miami on Tuesday, May 3.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO