David Beckham was in attendance to witness the Miami Heat trounce the Brooklyn Nets 107-87 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.
Beckham is an avid basketball fan and took a front-row seat beside Bolivian business mogul Marcelo Claure at the American Airlines Arena.
The former Manchester United midfielder has deep ties with Miami and is planning to deliver a Major League Soccer franchise to the city, complete with a 25,000-seater waterfront stadium. He faces opposition, however, from local maritime authorities averse to these proposals.
Having been swept 4-0 by the Nets during the regular season, the Heat were out for vengeance on their home court.
LeBron James wasn't at his physical, imperious best last night but still played a major part in Miami's 20-point victory, carding 22 points and three assists, in the process surpassing 4,000 career playoff points - the youngest player to achieve that feat.
Speaking after the game, the 29-year-old reflected upon his team's performance.
“I think the most important thing was the rhythm that we were in,” said LeBron James. “After the way we played tonight, that’s a step in the direction we want to keep going.”
LeBron will be looking to sustain that momentum on Thursday night when Erik Spoelstra's men invite the Nets back to Florida for Game 2 of the best-of-7 series.