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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Heat Reaction: Heat-Nets, Game 3

By Brian Windhorst

LeBron James
PTS: 28
REB: 8
AST: 5
STL: 1
BLK: 1
FGA-M: 8-15

James got off to a monster start with 16 points on just seven shots in the first quarter. But when he came back into the game he didn't seem to have much of a desire to keep plunging the knife. He put up just two shots in the second quarter, getting fouled on one of them. He ended up with a nice line but didn't sustain the momentum that was required to win this type of game.

Dwyane Wade
PTS: 20
REB: 2
AST: 3
STL: 3
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 9-18

Wade had a decent game and was really trying to carry the scoring load in the second half when the supporting cast was giving no help. He came up with some steals and was generally active defensively. Took more jumpers than you'd like to see but he was not at fault for how this game played out.

Chris Bosh
PTS: 12
REB: 5
AST: 0
STL: 1
BLK: 3
FGA-M: 5-11

Bosh had been excellent in the first two games of this series, especially rebounding the ball. That ended in this one as he was outplayed by the Brooklyn front line. The Heat were heavily outrebounded and that is not totally his fault because that's not his sole role but he sagged back to the mean in that area for sure in Game 3.

Deron Williams
PTS: 9
REB: 3
AST: 11
STL: 1
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 3-11

After the season there's a good chance we'll hear about how much pain Williams had to play through in his ankles. He keeps getting injections and his play keeps going up and down. But he did everything he could in this one, serving as a pivotal factor in getting the offense going as he was able to get penetration and kick out to shooters.

Nets Bench
FGM-A: 13-26 (50.0%)
3PM-A: 6-12 (50.0%)
REB: 22
PTS: 40

This is an area where the deeper Nets need to dominate to have a chance in this series. They didn't in the games in Miami but did once they felt more comfortable at home in Game 3. This is where the game was won especially the 15 points and 10 rebounds from Andray Blatche and the 12 points from Mirza Teletovic.