Saturday, May 10, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 104, Heat 90
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Now that’s how you play with your season on the line.
The Brooklyn Nets avoided falling into a 3-0 hole on Saturday night, blowing out the the Miami Heat at Barclays Center 104-90 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Brooklyn led by as many as 22.
The Heat lead the best-of-seven playoff series 2-1.
What it means: The Nets, with their backs against the wall, got themselves right back in the series and will have a chance to even things up at two in Game 4 on Monday night.
Brooklyn shot 52.8 percent from the field and made a franchise playoff-record 15 3-pointers on 25 attempts.
D-Will delivers: Coming off the first scoreless playoff game of his career, Deron Williams dished out 11 assists and scored nine points in 40 minutes. The Nets outscored the Heat by 18 points with Williams on the floor. This was exactly the type of response Brooklyn needed from its $98 million point guard.
So does KG: Kevin Garnett, who had just two field goals in the first two games of the series, had 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in 23 minutes on Saturday night. He added seven rebounds.
Turning point: The Nets outscored the Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take a 77-64 lead into the fourth quarter. They shot 61.1 percent in the quarter and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range. It all started when the Nets used a 9-0 run midway through the third to open up a 68-56 lead -- their biggest lead of the series. Mirza Teletovic had nine of his 12 points in the third.
Tensions escalate: With 9:34 left in the fourth quarter, Alan Anderson and Ray Allen got tangled up and came face to face. It appeared as though Anderson brushed Allen’s arm away as the two were separated. Each was hit with a technical foul.
Young Seymour: Andray Blatche, who played just four minutes in Game 2, had 13 of his playoff career-high 15 points in the first half. Blatche also pulled down 10 rebounds, becoming the first Nets reserve in 20 years to record a double-double off the bench.
And the others: Joe Johnson, consistent as ever, scored a team-high 19 points and went 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Paul Pierce added 14 points. Shaun Livingston also finished in double figures (12).
AK-47: Andrei Kirilenko, who did not play in Game 2, spent some time playing center in an extremely small lineup.
King James: LeBron James finished with a game-high 28 points -- 16 in the first quarter. Dwyane Wade added 20 points, but the Heat didn’t get much production from anyone else.
In attendance: Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z and Beyonce, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, rapper Busta Rhymes, actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde and Mets legend Dwight Gooden.
Up next: Game 4 on Monday night in Brooklyn.