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VIDEO: Highlights Of Celtics' Win Over Heat In NBA Season Opener

In one of the NBA"s most anticipated season openers ever, the Boston Celtics jumped out to an big lead and then held off a late rally to down the new-look Miami Heat, 88-80. 

The Celtics held the Heat to just nine first-quarter points, and took a 45-30 lead into the half. But in the third and fourth quarters, led by LeBron James, the Heat rallied, and got it as close as 83-80, with 1:10 left to play. But then Ray Allen hit a three to stretch the lead back to six points and Paul Pierce added a pair of free throws to put it away. 

Allen led the Celtics with 20 points, while LeBron led all scorers with 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Rajon Rondo had just four points, but added 17 assists. 

(Video via RCS)