The final numbers for the first game of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics drew 13.384 million according to Nielsen. Note: that’s for the full game, not just the primetime portion. In terms of Nielsen household rating the game averaged an 8.7, up 38 percent versus last year’s game one between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year’s final opened with a 6.3 household rating and 9.206 million viewers. Last night was an exicting game that the Celtics won to go up 1-0 in the best of seven series and has many comparing Paul Pierce to Willis Reed ABC claims it was the network’s best performance with men 18-34 and 18-49 since September 2005 and the highest rated game one of the finals since 2004 when game one of the Lakers/Pistons matchup drew a 9.8 and was on in 10.634 million homes. Last night’s game while viewed by 13.38 million people was on in 9.813 million homes. Last year’s game one which produced 9.206 million viewers was on in 6.99 million homes.