Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Heat 103, Nets 73
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets can’t compete with the NBA’s elite.
Nets GM Billy King pointed out the New York Knicks did two things really well in their rout of the defending champion Miami Heat last week: They made their shots (19 3-pointers) and took care of the ball (12 turnovers).
Facing the same Heat team Wednesday night in Miami, the Nets didn’t do either -- and they paid the price as a result.
In their 103-73 blowout loss to the Heat, the Nets (1-2) went just 3-for-21 from beyond the arc, shot 37.5 percent from the field overall and turned it over 19 times.
The Heat now have beaten the Nets 11 straight times; LeBron James has beaten them 15 straight times (7-0 with Miami).
BACKCOURT BUMMER: Deron Williams had seven turnovers and went just 2-for-9 on jumpers, while Joe Johnson shot 4-for-14 from the field and registered a minus-19 rating. Neither earned his hefty paycheck in this one.
BRON BRON: With Gerald Wallace missing his second straight game due to a sprained left ankle, the Nets had no one to contain James, who finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 30 minutes. His partner in crime, Dwyane Wade, dropped in 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Overall, the Heat shot 51.9 percent against the clearly overmatched Brooklyn defense.
DO THE HUMPTY HUMP: Kris Humphries scored just seven points combined in the first two games. On Wednesday night, he went for nine points and seven rebounds -- in the first quarter. By halftime, Humphries had notched his first double-double of the season. He finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds overall.
CAROM COUNTER: Through three games, Brook Lopez has grabbed 21 rebounds. Lopez was a nonfactor offensively, though, scoring just eight points Wednesday night.
DEBUTANT: Tornike Shengelia made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter.
UP NEXT: The Nets wrap up their two-game Florida road trip Friday night against the Orlando Magic. There would have been a lot of buzz surrounding this game ... if the Magic still had Dwight Howard.