Lebron James is winning some sort of battle, but the Boston Celtics are winning the war.
Through one quarter, the Celtics hold a 30-28 lead despite a 16-point performance so far for James.
Rajon Rondo, who opened the game with an odd basketball header after receiving the jump tip, was given a standing ovation by the TD Garden crowd, acknowledging his 44-point performance on Wednesday night.
The Heat jumped out to an early lead with a number of easy transition buckets, and James has been nearly unstoppable along the perimeter, but the Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have responded themselves, with eight and seven points, respectively.
As you would expect, emotions are running high, as mid-way through the first quarter Garnett and Mario Chalmers exchanged words under the basket.