New Jersey Nets: Miami Heat

Rapid Reaction: Heat 101, Nets 98

April, 16, 2012
WHAT IT MEANS: LeBron James would not be denied.

James scored 11 of the game's final 13 points, and the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Nets for the 10th straight time, 101-98 on Monday night at Prudential Center. The Nets haven't beaten the Heat since March 20, 2009.

James, who heard "MVP!" chants all night from the pro-Heat sellout crowd, finished with a game-high 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds. He also shot 11-for-19 from the field and 14-for-15 from the free-throw stripe in his final game ever in New Jersey. He scored the Heat's final 17 points.

Kris Humphries carried the Nets and finished with 29 points and eight rebounds. MarShon Brooks added 24 points, while Gerald Green had all 15 of his points in the second half. Green went 0-for-6 from the field in the opening 24 minutes.

The Nets (22-40) led by as many as 13 in the third quarter. They shot 50 percent.

TURNING POINT: The Heat trailed 96-90 with less than two minutes left. That's when James took over. He converted a three-point play, three layups -- including a left-handed one that gave the Heat the lead for good, 97-96 -- and a pair of free throws to put Miami up 101-96.

STARLESS: Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace and Dwayne Wade sat out with injuries. Williams has a sore right calf, while Wallace is nursing a strained hamstring that has kept him out the last four games. Both are considered day to day, but with just four games left on the schedule, it's unknown if they'll return before the end of the season.

EARLY EXPLOSION: Behind 14 points from Humphries and 11 from Brooks, the Nets tied a season-high with 34 first-quarter points. They allowed the Heat to shoot 70.6 percent in the opening period, but still led by five.

BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME:: Brooks got out in transition and fed Humphries for an emphatic, one-handed slam between two Heat defenders to give the Nets a 48-44 lead in the second quarter. Humphries was fired up after the play, and his teammates rose off the bench in admiration of his effort. Humphries later blocked Udonis Haslem's one-handed dunk attempt in the third.

NEW LOOK: Green and Jordan Williams both made their first starts of the season. The Nets have now started 23 different lineups in 2011-12, the most in the NBA.

WHO'S IN THE HOUSE?: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Victor Cruz, Justin Tuck, Antrel Rolle, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Bart Scott, Antonio Cromartie, John Conner, Thierry Henry and Bethenny Frankel.

UMMM ...The Nets put on a fireworks display during pregame introductions. It was a nice touch and all, but a grey fog -- which was really smoke -- loomed over the court for the first couple minutes of the game. Did anyone do a trial run beforehand?

UP NEXT: Knicks at Nets, Wednesday night, one final time in the Garden State.

Rapid Reaction: Heat 108, Nets 78

March, 6, 2012

Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: The basketball gods must hate the Nets. On Monday they lost Brook Lopez, who had just returned to the lineup, for at least three weeks to a sprained right ankle. On Tuesday, playing without Lopez, they were throttled by the Heat, 108-78. The worst part: Eddy Curry played the final 5:56 and had an alley-oop jam. That’s cold.

Not that the Nets would've beaten the Heat with Lopez anyway, but they've been decimated by injury all season. For the record, the Nets did lead 7-2. At the end of the first half, though, they faced their largest first-half deficit this season, 27. From there it was just bookkeeping. The Nets (12-27), who trailed by as many as 40, have only had one winning streak this season (Jan. 25-27, two games).

TURNING POINT: The Nets got within 24-17 when Deron Williams connected on a 16-footer with 2:49 left in the first quarter. LeBron James countered with a 15-footer to make it 26-17. Williams was hit in the abdomen by James and checked out at the 2:06 mark. By the time D-Will checked back in with 10:07 remaining in the second, the Heat were ahead 39-17.

57-16: Williams scored a franchise-record 57 points on Sunday night in Charlotte. Miami’s defense is a little better. The Heat bottled up New Jersey’s only real viable offensive weapon not named MarShon Brooks, doubling the All-Star point guard on many possessions. Williams still finished with a team-high 16 points in 25 minutes. He needed 47. He also added four assists and shot 7-for-13 from the field.

STATS OF THE NIGHT: Miami’s Big 3 had 39 points in the first half. The Nets had 37. The Heat shot 70 percent in the first quarter, a season-high 65.9 percent in the first half and had 19 assists in the opening 24 minutes. James, Wade (who left the game with a tweaked right ankle) and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 24-for-33 from the field. Then they sat on the bench in their warmups for the fourth.

PLAYS OF THE GAME: Wade’s no-look layup turned three-point play in the first quarter that gave the Heat a 10-9 lead. It will be one of SportsCenter’s top plays. And if that wasn’t enough, James banked one in from half court at the end of the third quarter. Also, who could forget about Johan Petro’s 3-pointer in the final minute?!

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Clippers, Wednesday night, 8 p.m.



Brook Lopez
15.5 0.6 0.5 27.1
ReboundsM. Plumlee 6.8
AssistsD. Williams 6.2
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6