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The Miami Heat begin their title defense against the Celtics.

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Dwyane Wade calls Rondo flagrant 'a punk play'

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was called for a flagrant foul at the end of Tuesday night's season opener against the Miami Heat when he came across Dwyane Wade's neck on a drive. Wade called it 'a punk play.'

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Heat take down Celtics in season opener, 120-107

The Miami Heat pulled away against the Boston Celtics in Tuesday night's season opener, and did it without LeBron James for much of the second half. James went to the locker room in the third quarter, reportedly with cramps. He'd put in 26 points and 10 rebounds upon heading to the locker room.

It was a close game until the end of the third quarter when the Heat closed the period out on a 12-2 run. Miami was up by as many as 19 points when James opened the fourth quarter with a jumper. But after that, the Celtics went on a 25-14 run and cut the Heat lead to eight points, then later down to four points with just over two minutes left to go.

Chris Bosh scored on a layup and a pair of free throws to push Miami's lead up to eight points. From there, a couple of defensive stops and ball control were enough to hold the Celtics off.

In the final minute of the game, Rajon Rondo was called for a flagrant foul for wrapping around Dwyane Wade's neck as he drove to the basket. Rondo finished the game with 20 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points.

Ray Allen came off the bench and scored 19 points in his debut with Miami.

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LeBron James heads to locker room with cramps

There were reports that LeBron James went to the locker room with an apparent right ankle injury in the third quarter of Tuesday night's season opener against the Boston Celtics. James returned to the Heat bench, but twice had to go back to the locker room after suffering from cramps.

With James out in the last couple of minutes of the third quarter, the Heat closed the quarter on a 12-2 run against the Celtics James, the reigning MVP in both the regular season and Finals, has 26 points and is shooting 10 of 16 from the field halfway into fourth quarter. He also has 10 rebounds.

The Heat have been control for most of the game, even though Boston started the fourth quarter off strong. Miami newcomers Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have chipped in double figures off the bench.

James eventually returned to locker room again in the fourth quarter, still apparently dealing with cramps.

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Miami leads Boston at halftime of season opener

The Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics, 62-54, at halftime of Tuesday night's season opener. Shane Battier scored the first points of the game with a 3-pointer from the left wing. LeBron James' first score came on a pull-up jumper from the right elbow. The Heat were clicking offensively and finished the half shooting 51 percent from the field.

Miami held the lead for most of the half. James scored eight points in the first quarter, and in the second, he was still able to draw contact with his aggressiveness and get to the line. James had 16 points at halftime. In Ray Allen's first 12 minutes as a member of the Heat, he put up 11 points and hit both of his 3s.

Paul Pierce came out firing for the Boston Celtics. Pierce hit his first two 3-point attempts and finished the half with 16 points to match James. Rajon Rondo was able to get into the lane almost at will, whether in transition or in the half-court setup. Rondo finished the first half with eight points and eight assists.

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Heat don't see opener as statement game

LeBron James and the Miami Heat don't see Tuesday night's opener against the Boston Celtics as a "statement game."

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Heat begin season Tuesday night against Celtics

The Miami Heat open the 2012-13 NBA season against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Take a look at the game schedule and TV information.

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