After a ring ceremony that brought Celtics’ vet Paul Pierce to tears, Boston went to the task of defending their title. The Cavaliers, Boston’s opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, looked to avenge their game 7 loss in last year’s playoff run.
The Celtics held Lebron James to a somewhat un-Lebron-like 22 points, 7 rebounds, and six assists (along with three turnovers). The Cavs held the lead at the half, but the Celtics’ dominant 24-13 third quarter gave them the boost they needed to overtake Cleveland. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 27, followed by Rajon Rondo with 14 and Leon Powe with 13.
Boston outshot Cleveland 46.6% to 42.6% in what proved to be a close and exciting season opener. The Celtics next game is scheduled for Friday night, October 31st against the Chicago Bulls.