Dwyane Wade hustled to the end, scoring 38 points Sunday to lead Miami to a 99-90 win over Boston in Game 1 of their anticipated second-round playoff series.
As for what Pierce did specifically to warrant the technical and ejection, referee Danny Crawford was clear to say it wasn't a headbutt but the "intent" of how he acted.
"The first technical foul, it was contact during a dead ball. He approached Jones and got right in his face. There wasn't a head-butt, but he got right into his face after a hard foul.
There was a specific play that Wade made that, says Peninsula Is Mightier, summed up the night and the game for the Heat.
The play of the game, in my mind, was Dwyane Wade waiving off Coach Spoelstra's pleas for a time out just before half time, motioning his teammates to clear out and then banking in a tough shot over Ray Allen to give the Heat a 15 lead at the break. Although Boston played well early in the third and had a nice little run late in the fourth, it really felt like Miami had the game in hand from that moment on.