Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Monday, November 10th
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Heat99
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
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Nets103
Game 3: Saturday, January 3rd
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OT
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Game 4: Friday, March 20th
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Heat 106

(14-12, 6-7 away)

Nets 103

(13-13, 5-9 home)

    Coverage: YES

    8:00 PM ET, December 20, 2008

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 27 35 18 26106
    NJ 29 27 21 26103

    Top Performers

    Miami: D. Wade 43 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    New Jersey: B. Lopez 22 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Wade scores 43, including 12 of final 14, for Heat in close win over Nets

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Dwyane Wade couldn't find the scoring range, the Miami Heat slid into a three-game losing streak.

    In that slump, Wade had consecutive games in which he failed to crack 20 points. Now that Wade is back in the groove, the Heat have won two in a row.

    Fast Facts

    • Dwyane Wade scored 43 points, but he also added five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

    • Mario Chalmers was only 3-for-12 from the field, but he extended his streak to 11 games with a 3-pointer.

    • The Nets fell to 5-9 at home; they are 8-4 on the road.

    -- ESPN research

    One night after scoring 35 points to help the Heat beat the Lakers, Wade matched his season high with 43 points to lead Miami to a 106-103 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night.

    "That's just basketball," Wade said. "Sometimes you are going to struggle. Sometimes you are going to be in the zone. You just have to stick with it. There was a three-game skid of not shooting the ball well. I just kept at it, and it eventually turned around. It's now two games in a row where I've felt very comfortable."

    While making the Nets very uncomfortable.

    "You had a great player have an unbelievable performance," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We tried to throw everything at him. He was relentless. He wouldn't give up."

    Wade, the NBA's leading scorer, scored 12 of the Heat's final 14 points. It was 15th time Wade scored 40 or more points in his career. The Heat improved to 9-3 this season in game in which Wade gets at least 30.

    "Obviously, Dwyane made some incredible plays and shots at the end," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "On defense, we got some stops when we really needed them."

    Wade put Miami ahead to stay with a reverse layup with 1:58 remaining for a 98-97 lead.

    "It's the reason he's leading the league in scoring," said Devin Harris, who had 21 points for the Nets. "He's a great player. I've seen it first hand."

    Udonis Haslem sealed the win with a jumper from the corner with 14.7 seconds left that put the Heat up by 5.

    Daequan Cook had 17 points for the Heat, while Michael Beasley had 11, and Shawn Marion added 10.

    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots, a season high for the rookie. Lopez led the Nets to a season-high 11 blocks.

    Vince Carter also had 21 points for New Jersey.

    It was a tight game between teams coming off emotional victories the night before. The Nets beat former captain Jason Kidd in their first meeting since the trade that brought Harris to New Jersey, routing Dallas 121-97 at the IZOD Center. In Miami, the Heat prevailed 89-87 over the Lakers, the top team in the Western Conference.

    The Heat took a 62-56 lead at the half as Wade topped all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

    Wade added 11 more in the third as the Heat took an 80-77 lead into the final period.

    Game notes


    Bobby Simmons, the Nets' starting small forward for the first 25 games, sat out because of a scapula injury. Trenton Hassell was the replacement, making his first start since Dec. 12, 2007, when he subbed for Harris when both played for the Mavericks. ... For the Heat, James Jones (ruptured wrist tendon) and Dorell Wright (left knee surgery) remain sidelined. ... It marked the only time this season the Nets played home games on consecutive nights. New Jersey concludes a four-game homestand Monday against Houston ... The game showcased three of the NBA's top 10 scorers. Coming into the game, Wade led the league, averaging 28.3 points. Harris was fifth at 24.5 while Carter was 10th at 23. ... New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya took in the game from a courtside seat. ... Jarvis Hayes of the Nets was knocked woozy after a hard collision with Joel Anthony in the fourth quarter and had to be helped to the locker room.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    NJ
    Points 106 103
    FGM-FGA 39-76 (.513) 35-74 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 22-30 (.733) 28-31 (.903)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 13-40
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 14 17
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 11
    Fast Break Points 4 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 4

    Top Performers

    Miami
    New Jersey
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 43
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Brook Lopez Lopez
    Points: 22
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5