With a long offseason behind them, the Miami Heat wasted no time showing they feel no lingering effects from their NBA finals loss.
The Boston Celtics also have championship aspirations, but having a healthy Paul Pierce would make that goal much more attainable.
The Heat's home opener Tuesday night will be the first matchup between these teams since last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, and the Celtics hope to have Pierce ready.
After losing to Dallas in six games in the finals, the Heat had plenty of time to think about their missed opportunity during the NBA lockout. Miami got another reminder of what could have been as it watched the Mavericks raise their championship banner before Sunday's opener in Dallas.
The Heat, though, built a 15-point lead after 12 minutes and led by as many as 35 in a 105-94 victory. LeBron James finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Dwyane Wade added 26 points, eight boards and six assists.
"We tried to play aggressive,...