Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat, 85-76

A little over two minutes into the second half, Doc Rivers had to call a 20-second timeout, not just for his team but for his own sake.

The sequence that had just played out was simply too hard for him to digest.

The Celtics had been outshot, outrebounded, and outscored in the first half, and when the third quarter opened it seemed like the Miami Heat would just keep pushing the snowball along. Dwyane Wade was treating the playoff opener like a buffet — a rebound here, ...

Most of the NBA went to warm climes during the All-Star break in February. Tony Allen, though, went north. No West Indies sand and waves for Allen, not when he could be working out in Waltham.

Allen had plenty of rehabilitating to do after right ankle surgery had limited him the previous season. And that daily routine appears to finally be producing results, as Allen scored 14 points and defended Dwyane Wade in the Celtics’ 85-76 victory last night in Game 1 of the firs...

The second quarter was ugly offensively for the Celtics. They scored 13 points, had more turnovers than baskets. Ray Allen missed all four 3-point attempts. They collected one assist.

For the entire regular season, the Celtics paid dearly for such offensive lapses. (See the 32-4 run by the Washington Wizards on April 9). During the past six months, their defense was directly linked to their offense and that led to massive swings in momentum. When the Celtics scored, the...