Heat Reaction: Nets-Heat, Game 2
After a strong Game 1, James didn't seem to wake up until late in the second quarter, even though he was jawing with Paul Pierce throughout the game. He took over just before halftime, making four straight buckets to bring the Heat within one. This was an uneven James performance, but his 3-pointer from the right wing provided the dagger.
In Game 1, the Heat carved out a big lead in the second quarter with Wade anchoring the second unit, but Wade waited until the start of the fourth quarter to get his work done. After scoring just six points in the first three quarters, Wade dominated early in the fourth quarter and the Heat never looked back. A solid all-around game for Wade.
While James and Wade eased their way into the game, Bosh came out firing up 3-pointers and swatting Nets layups like they were Everglades mosquitos. He has played the best all-around ball of the Heat's star trio in this series and they don't win this game without him buoying the team in the first half. His block of Deron Williams at the rim on the Nets' final possession was a fitting end to the game.
Step aside, Paul Pierce. Teletovic is this generation's rival for LeBron James. Teletovic lit up the Heat in the regular season and went back to work in Game 2. The 6-foot-9 Teletovic played center for long stretches and made it difficult for the Heat's big men to both protect the paint and cut out his airspace. Teletovic took advantaged and rained from downtown, hitting 6-of-9 from deep.
Well, Teletovic can only do so much. Williams and Kevin Garnett laid enough bricks in this one to build a house. Garnett especially looked like he was running on empty the entire game and Jason Kidd had no choice but to remove him down the stretch. The Nets had nothing left. You just can't allow a Heat possession to last 1:40 in crunchtime and expect to come out alive.