Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James had 32 points and 13 rebounds on Monday and the Heat handled the Celtics, 93-79, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points and seven assists for Miami, which never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 17. Shane Battier scored 10 points, Mario Chalmers had nine and Mike Miller finished with eight.
The Heat were again without forward Chris Bosh, who remains out with a strained abdominal muscle. They have won four straight games without their All-Star big man, including three in a row against the Pacers to clinch a second straight conference finals appearance.
Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace Boston, which got past Philadelphia in seven games to advance. Rajon Rondo, the catalyst in the series-clinching win, finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on Monday. Paul Pierce scored 12 points on just 5-of-18 shooting.
Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday in Miami.
The Sports Network