The first Miami Heat made basket in public this season will be likely forgotten.
The Shane Battier 3-pointer from the baseline to open the scoring Wednesday was only a footnote.
No, the second field goal was several times more memorable. With the Heat hosting an open scrimmage at AmericanAirlines Arena, the biggest rise from the crowd came with nine minutes, 21 seconds left in the first quarter.
It was the first basket in front of an audience by guard Ray Allen since he was acquired as a free agent from the Boston Celtics. He hit a 3-pointer from the corner, signaling the beginning of his Heat career.
"I've gotten since I've been here the last couple months and people tell me, 'Man, I really hated you, but I liked you a little bit, but I really hated you,' " Allen said, referring to his playing days here as a visitor. "It's definitely good to be here on this side. … Despite me having been on another team the past couple of years, they still appreciated what I did."
Allen finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting in a game the Red Team defeated the White Team 69-56. Chris Bosh led all scorers with 19 points, while LeBron James added 15. Guard Dwyane Wade (knee) was among the inactives, which included Mario Chalmers (thigh) and Joel Anthony (hamstring.)
For Allen, it was also a chance to show he had recovered from the ankle bone spurs that slowed him late last season. After undergoing offseason surgery, Allen said he had no issues. It was evident the way he ran the floor and how coach Erik Spoelstra praised the 37-year-old Allen's conditioning in the postgame.
"He didn't even look fatigued," Spoelstra said. "He didn't come out the first [quarter]. He played the first six minutes, I think, of the second [quarter]. I looked out and said to make sure we sub for Ray so he's not going the whole four quarters."
Swingman Mike Miller also displayed he was healthy, hardly resembling the player who was hobbled with a back injury last season. Miller scored nine points, all coming on 3-pointers. Spoelstra said they will continue to monitor his activity.
"He wanted to play more than he did [Wednesday]," Spoelstra said. "We're limiting his time. I'm in constant communication with [trainer] Jay [Sabol]. It's a body-language thing. As much as he tries to hide it from us, we can tell when he gets to the point of fatigue."
The game, which consisted of four 10-minute quarters, drew approximately 11,221 fans. Wade missed the event because he is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but it did not prevent him from being part of the night's best moment.
A pair of Boston Celtics fans — one wore an Allen jersey and the other Rajon Rondo — in the first quarter were booed out of the arena. When they resurfaced in a different section, Wade rushed to grab the microphone from public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte.
Wade was then greeted with cheers when he said, "Will all Celtics fans please exit the building."
Afterward, Allen said he was indifferent on the matter.
"You're supporting the player so I'm kind of mixed," Allen said. "I don't know how to feel about it. I think she thought she was with everybody because she was wearing my jersey. But everybody was like, 'No, they've got to come in here correct.' It was pretty funny. I'm curious how much more of that we'll get throughout the year."
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