Nets find a way to stuff Heat

The Brooklyn Nets haven’t exactly dominated the Miami Heat this season, though in the end, wins are wins, and the Nets have four to the Heat’s none.

The fourth and final one was a little unusual, an 88-87 victory in Miami. It required a rare game-ending play.

The dunk attempt

Mason Plumlee stuffed LeBron James on a dunk attempt at the buzzer to give the Nets the win.

James is 1 for 5 this season on potential go-ahead shots with under five seconds left in the fourth quarter or overtime.

He was also 128 for 130 on dunk attempts entering the day, with this being his first missed one since Jan. 21 against the Boston Celtics.

Elias Stats of the Day

The Nets swept four games from the Heat. It is the first time a James team was swept in a season series of four or more games.

Heat vs Nets This Season

Only three teams have ever won the NBA title after being swept 4-0 by single team during the regular season—the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons (swept by the New York Knicks), the 1994-1995 Houston Rockets (swept by both the Seattle SuperSonics and Los Angeles Lakers) and the 2000-2001 Lakers (swept by the SuperSonics).

Three of the Nets wins were by one point. The last team to beat the same opponent by 1 point three times in the same season: 1979-80 Phoenix Suns over Portland Trail Blazers.

Why the Nets are winning

Why have the Heat struggled against the Nets this season?

The Nets are forcing the Heat to play at a slower pace, as the Heat are averaging nearly seven fewer possessions per game against the Nets than they are against all other teams.

The Nets average six more possessions per game against all other teams than they do against the Heat this season, so the Nets are making a point to play at a slower pace against them.

The Nets are playing great defense against the Heat, holding the Heat to seven fewer points per 100 possessions compared to their games against all other teams.

How are they defending them so well?

The Heat are averaging just 8.5 fast-break points and 3.8 second-chance points per game against the Nets, much below their averages against all other teams.

The Nets are allowing about 10 second-chance points per game against all other teams this season but only 3.8 per game against the Heat.