Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat, 88-80

It took a roster to bring down the mighty Miami Heat.

It took a Rondo, it took a Garnett, it took an O’Neal (Shaquille), it took a Pierce, it took a Daniels, it took a Davis, and, with the game hanging in the balance — and losing this would have been a catastrophe — it took an Allen with a typically nerveless and artful game-clinching 3-pointer. Anything less from any of those people, and last night’s game would have gone the other way.

This was the most hyped and an...

He walked up the staircase to the postgame interview table seemingly more relieved because the game was over than because his team had won it.

Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 49.8 seconds left to give the Celtics an 86-80 lead, helping to slam the door on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after their new-look Miami Heat had eaten into much of a lead the Celtics had piled as high as 19 points.

Paul Pierce then hit a pair of free throws to seal Boston’s 8...

If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were disappointed following the Miami Heat’s 88-80 loss to the Celtics last night at TD Garden, they had a strange way of displaying it. There was laughter in the Heat locker room, sounding as if a weight had been lifted.

“This is one of 82,’’ Wade said. “Sorry if everyone thought we were going to go 82-0, it just ain’t happening.’’

The newest Big Three looked extremely mortal last night, finishing a combined 17 for 48 from the field f...

The pun was completely accidental.

Ray Allen shoved the dagger into the Heat with a corner-pocket 3-pointer with 49 seconds left, and since he was the one who fed Allen the ball, Paul Pierce happened to have a bird’s-eye view of the game-clinching bucket.

He was, as he put it, “a witness.’’

The Celtics fended off a late surge by LeBron James and the Heat and Allen’s shot sealed the 88-80 season-opening win.

James’s “Witness’’ billboard — a Nike production — bec...