James had 31 points and kept the Heat in the game with 15 points in the third quarter. But he broke off from the offense and dominated the ball at times, delivering just three assists against eight turnovers.
It is clear that Wade was struggling with rust, which was apparent in his 4-for-16 shooting and six turnovers. He was cautious chasing Ray Allen on defense at times, perhaps protecting the hammy, and Allen was able to get separation on him several times for 3-pointers.
Bosh didn't look ready for the battle he was in for against the Celtics bigs. He was timid on both ends and was pushed around by players, including Kevin Garnett. Bosh was manhandled for position and unable to protect the rim. He made virtually no impact offensively, going 3-for-11.
Big Z's numbers don't look all that good -- just one point and three rebounds. But during the third quarter he made a series of hustle plays that helped the Heat make a run. Ilgauskas also did a decent job defending the rim. The Heat outscored the Celtics by 17 points with him on the floor.
The proud Celtics played their trademark rugged, efficient style. They packed the interior defensively and lured the Heat into a series of ill-advised perimeter jumpers. Offensively, they got enough timely shooting and a strong presence from Shaquille O'Neal down low. Above all, they weren't the least bit intimidated by the anointed favorites from Miami.