LeBron fouling out fuels Nets 2-OT win


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Friday night's game swung in the Nets favor after LeBron James picked up his sixth foul.After going 10-21 in the 2013 part of the 2013-14 season, the Brooklyn Nets improved to 5-0 since the calendar turned to 2014, outlasting the Miami Heat in double overtime on Friday night.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson was the story early on, scoring 22 points on 9-10 shooting in the first quarter alone. That 22-point outburst was the most points by any player in the first quarter this season, and the fourth-most in any quarter.

Joe JohnsonJohnsonJohnson now has two of the four highest-scoring quarters in the NBA this season. He also had 29 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter on December 16, the most by any player in any quarter in the NBA this season.

Eighteen of Johnson’s 32 points came on shots from 15 feet or further (7-14 FG). Entering the game, Johnson had shot just 37.6% on such shots this season.

Johnson is now averaging 27.3 PPG in the last three games, all without Deron Williams in the lineup for the Nets.

But Johnson didn’t do it alone. Shaun Livingston had 19 points and 11 assists for his first double-double this season. The Nets scored 17 points off pick-and-roll plays involving Livingston after entering the game averaging 5.7 PPG on such plays this season.

LeBron James vs Brooklyn Nets
In 4th Quarter on Friday

The Nets held a 12-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Heat came back and forced overtime, outscoring Brooklyn 25-13 in the fourth quarter. LeBron James himself had 13 points, equaling the Nets entire team.

But James was called for his sixth personal foul with 36 seconds remaining in the first overtime. From that point on the Heat scored just four points, shooting 22 percent from the field. At the times of James’ foul, the Heat led by two, but the Nets came back to force the second overtime, in which they outscored Miami, 11-2.

LeBron James by Defender
Friday Night vs Nets

James finished with 36 points on 12-21 shooting, but the Nets found a way to slow down King James. When Andrei Kirilenko defended James (on 11 of 30 plays), he was held to just eight points on 3-7 shooting with two turnovers.

With the victory, the Nets have now won back-to-back games against the Heat after losing each of the previous 13.