Celts beat Heat 88-80 despite 31 from JamesBy HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010
BOSTON (AP)—LeBron James(notes) was a rare bright spot for Miami with 31 points as the new Big 3 fell in its debut to the old Big 3 of the Boston Celtics, 88-80, before a loud crowd that shouted “overrated!” at the Heat on Tuesday night.
Boston led 45-30 at halftime, but Miami cut that to 63-57 after the third quarter behind James’ 15 points in that period. A layup by James made it 83-80 with 1:10 left in the game. But Boston, which once led by 19, got the last five points on a 3-pointer by Ray Allen(notes) and two free throws by Paul Pierce(notes).