NBA Game Summary - Miami at Brooklyn|
(Saturday, May 10th)
Final Score: Brooklyn 104, Miami 90
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets' veteran cast responded
brilliantly in a virtual must-win situation to put the Miami Heat on the ropes
for the first time in this year's playoffs.
Joe Johnson led a balanced offensive attack with 19 points, but it was the
Nets' defense that sparked a third-quarter run which fueled a 104-90 victory
over the two-time defending champion Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference
Brooklyn held Miami to a 5-of-19 shooting rate while outscoring the Heat 26-14
in the third quarter, turning a two-point game at the half into a commanding
77-63 lead entering the fourth.
The Nets also got a strong effort from the bench in cutting their series
deficit to 2-1 and ending the Heat's eight-game win streak in postseason play.
Andray Blatche racked up 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes, while
Mirza Teletovic added 12 points and sunk a trio of 3-pointers during the
pivotal third quarter.
Brooklyn finished 15-of-25 from beyond the arc for the contest, with Johnson
hitting 5-of-7 long-range attempts.
"Tonight was the type of urgency we're going to need for the rest of the
series," Nets forward Paul Pierce said.
LeBron James scored 28 points for Miami, but only 12 came after the opening
period. Dwyane Wade, the only Heat player to consistently hit shots in the
third quarter, ended with 20.
"They outplayed us, particularly in that whole second half," Heat head coach
Erik Spoelstra said.
Brooklyn will attempt to even this best-of-seven set when it hosts Game 4 at
the Barclays Center on Monday.
Clinging to a 51-49 halftime lead and a 59-56 edge five minutes into the third
quarter, the Nets clamped down on both James and Chris Bosh to begin to
Teletovic buried a trey that ignited a 9-0 run in which the Heat missed five
straight from the field, then hit two more threes on consecutive possessions
later in the frame to extend the margin to 74-61. Deron Williams, coming off a
scoreless performance in Thursday's 94-82 Game 2 loss in Miami, followed with
a triple of his own to make it a 16-point spread entering the stanza's final
James was just 1-of-5 from the floor for the quarter, while the Heat misfired
on 7-of-8 tries from beyond the arc for the period. The Nets were 4-of-6 from
The fourth quarter, during which Brooklyn was up by as many as 20 points, was
uneventful save for an on-floor scrum between Miami's Ray Allen and the Nets'
Alan Anderson that resulted in technicals for both.
Both James and his team were on fire early on, with the four-time MVP pouring
in 16 points on a 6-of-7 success rate during a first quarter in which the Heat
shot 64.7 percent.
James accounted for the first six points of a 10-0 surge that put Miami up
20-15 just past the midway mark of the opening frame, though a contested 36-
footer at the buzzer by Shaun Livingston brought the Nets within 30-39 heading
into the second.
Neither side was ahead by more than five points during a second quarter which
concluded with Wade knocking down a tie-breaking short jumper with 19.7
seconds left to cut Brooklyn's lead to two.
The Heat, which hadn't lost in the postseason since a Game 5 setback to San
Antonio in last year's finals, were attempting to break a franchise record of
eight straight playoff wins set twice previously (2005, 2012-13) ... The Nets
won for only the second time in 12 postseason meetings with the Heat ...
Brooklyn's bench outscored Miami's reserves by a 40-25 margin ... Williams,
who went 0-for-9 from the field in Game 2, had nine points on 3-of-11 shooting
but dished out 11 assists ... Heat forward Shane Battier played in his 100th
career playoff contest.
05/11 02:24:05 ET