The Heat Take Down the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semis

May 2, 2011

Dwyane Wade only needed 21 shots to score 38 points.

MIAMI — The facts of postseason life were turned inside-out by the Heat here Sunday. One team lacked cohesion and trust, and it wasn’t Miami. One second unit played as if it’s still learning how to blend in, and it wasn’t Miami’s. One contender acted like it had never been here before, and it wasn’t Miami.

Was it arrogance or uncertainty that undid the Celtics throughout their 99-90 Game 1 loss? All they knew was that Paul Pierce (19 points and four turnovers) had himself thrown out after being outsmarted by Dwyane Wade with seven minutes remaining in the game. This as Wade overcame four horrible regular-season showings with 38 points (14-of-21), five assists, two blocks and but two turnovers in 37 terrific minutes.

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