NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 8th (All times Eastern)
Brooklyn Nets (42-34) at Miami Heat (53-23), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat will continue their march toward the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference Tuesday night when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat have won five of their last six and are one game clear of the Indiana Pacers for Eastern Conference supremacy. The two-time defending NBA champs have clinched a fourth straight Southeast Division title.
After a heartbreaking one-point home loss in double-overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, the Heat dispatched the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.
Miami prevailed, 102-91, and overcame an NBA record 10 made 3-pointers by New York's J.R. Smith.
"You do your job and you live with the results," Miami forward LeBron James said. "We lived with the result of J.R. making some of those bombs."
James led Miami with 38 points and six assists. Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh added 15 and 14 points, respectively for the Heat, while Ray Allen went 4- for-9 from long range for 12 points.
Miami was without the services of Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back) and Chris Andersen (back/knee).
The Heat shot 55.7 percent from the floor and 44 percent from long range. They held the Knicks under 38 percent and will play three of their remaining five after Tuesday on the road.
The Nets are also headed to the playoffs, but their seeding is still up in the air. They trail the Toronto Raptors by 2 1/2 games not only for the Atlantic Division lead, but also for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls are tied with the Raps for the No. 3 spot.
Brooklyn has won two straight and five of its last six. The Nets started this three-game road trip with a four-point win in Philadelphia on Saturday night and will close out the sojourn in Orlando on Wednesday.
The Nets snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 105-101 victory over the 76ers on Saturday.
The Nets led by as many as 21 points in the second half but stumbled down the stretch, allowing Philly to pull within a point in the final minutes. Head coach Jason Kidd ran his bench players out late and that was the unit that nearly coughed up the huge lead.
Mirza Teletovic, moments after air-balling a similar shot, drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing for a 99-95 margin with 48.9 seconds to play, and Brooklyn hit 6-of-6 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds to hang on for the win.
"I felt it gave us the opportunity to execute on some late-game stuff," said Kidd. "Guys made free throws and we got stops when we had to."
Deron Williams posted 19 points and nine assists to lead the Nets. Mason Plumlee scored 16 points off the bench for Brooklyn, winners in five of six. Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce deposited 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Nets have taken all three meetings with the Heat this season and those wins halted a 13-game series losing streak. They could sweep the season series against the Heat for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
The Nets are the only team the Heat haven't beaten yet in the 2013-14 campaign.
04/08 10:27:56 ET