NBA Game Summary - Brooklyn at Miami|
(Thursday, May 8th)
Final Score: Miami 94, Brooklyn 82
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat had their fair share of trouble
with the Brooklyn Nets during the regular season, but it's business as usual
for the two-time defending champs in the playoffs.
LeBron James had 22 points to lead all scorers and help the Heat to a 94-82
win over the Nets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points and six rebounds, Dwyane Wade netted 14
points with seven assists and Ray Allen scored all of his 13 points in the
second half to give Miami a 2-0 series lead.
"Teams are trying to figure out ways to be at their best (in the playoffs),"
said James. "We have to continue to work our offense, work our defense and
just find a way."
Mirza Teletovic tallied a team-high 20 points off the bench for Brooklyn on
6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Shaun Livingston contributed 15 points,
while Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson added 13 points apiece in the setback.
Kevin Garnett made his first field goal of the series early in the third
quarter and finished with four points along with a game-high 12 rebounds for
Deron Williams, who shot 0-for-9 from the floor, was held scoreless in a
playoff game for the first time in his career.
"I thought he had some great looks," Nets coach Jason Kidd said of Williams.
"We look for him to bounce back in Game 3. Overall though, I thought he
Brooklyn shot 20-of-40 from the floor in the first half, including 6-for-12
from beyond the arc, to take a slim 46-45 lead into the break.
Miami, however, flipped the switch at halftime and stifled the Nets in second,
holding the visitors to 13-of-38 (34.2 percent) shooting from the field and
just 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range.
With the game tied at 58-58 late in the third, Allen buried a 3-pointer, but
Teletovic answered at the other end with a triple to tie it.
Miami led by three later in the frame when Pierce hit a deep 3 following two
misses at the free throw line by Marcus Thornton. Thornton pulled down the
second miss in a crowd and Livingston quickly found Pierce, who loaded up and
knocked it down to tie the game at 67-67 with under a minute left.
James converted a layup at the other end to give the Heat a two-point edge
heading into the fourth.
Holding a two-point lead midway through the final frame, Mario Chalmers and
Allen both hit 3s before Bosh's jumper gave the Heat an 87-77 lead.
Teletovic's layup at the other end cut the deficit to eight, and Miami
countered with a deflating possession that lasted 1:40.
James missed the first three shots of the possession, as Allen, Wade and Bosh
corralled each miss, respectively.
Wade then found James, who made it count on his fourth attempt with a layup
inside that pushed the margin back to 10 with a tick under two minutes left.
"That was a killer," Johnson said of the possession. "We couldn't come up with
the rebound. It was almost as if we didn't have the energy to stay with them
down the stretch. Those last few possessions killed us."
Livingston made a pair of free throws, but Chalmers hit a 3 with under a
minute to play that put the game out of reach.
Game 3 is set for Saturday in Brooklyn.
It was Brooklyn that was stout defensively in the first quarter, limiting
Miami to 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) shooting from the field and 1-for-8 (12.5
percent) from 3-point range in the period to take a 21-15 lead after 12
"In the first quarter, it was like we were stuck in mud," said James. "Once we
got moving and playing, it started to get a littler better out there."
The Nets pushed their cushion to seven after a Pierce trey with over five
minutes remaining until halftime.
Chalmers followed with a layup, then Bosh nailed a 3-pointer before
James' driving layup tied the game at 39-apiece at 2:40.
James scored the final eight Miami points in the first half and answered every
Brooklyn score with one of his own in the final minutes.
Teletovic knocked down a 3 with 38.3 seconds left to put the Nets up three,
but James deposited a reverse layup to cut the deficit to 46-45 at the break.
Allen pulled down eight rebounds ... Williams finished with seven rebounds and
six assists in his scoreless outing ... Garnett, who was held scoreless in
Game 1, made his first bucket of the series with 10:57 remaining in the third
quarter ... Chalmers finished with 11 points and five assists in the win ...
Miami scored 15 points off of 14 Brooklyn turnovers ... There were 15 ties and
seven lead changes.
05/08 22:50:31 ET