The Nets (15-21) beat the Heat (27-10) tonight by a score of 104-95.
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Four Nets players (Joe Johnson- 32, Paul Pierce – 23, Shaun Livingston – 17, Kevin Garnett – 12) scored in double figures.
Joe Johnson came out possessed and dropped 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting in first quarter and hit 4-for-4 from 3-point range. This was his second 20 point quarter of the season.
The Heat outscored the Nets 25-13 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Shaun Livingston scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to go with five assists and three blocks for Brooklyn.
The first overtime was a defensive struggle for both teams where they only scored four points each.
The Nets ran off a 11-0 run in the second overtime to put the game away for good.
John Paolantonio, ContributorThe first nickname game got off to a great start with Joe Johnson lighting up the Barclays Center in the first quarter for 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting. The Nets followed his lead and fed the beast the entire first half for a total of 26 points on 13 shots.
A great defensive second quarter enabled Brooklyn to jump out to an eight point lead by holding Miami to 13 points. It was a thing of beauty to watch Lebron James complain to the refs continuously in the second quarter because as we all know, he has never committed a foul in his life. James did not score a point in the second quarter to add to his frustration and put a smile on my face.
One annoying factor in this game was sitting and having to watch Spike Lee jump up and down like a little school girl rooting for the Heat all game long. This stuff just makes Nets fans hate the Knicks and their little orange cheerleader even more than before.
The Heat put on a run to start the fourth and put Brooklyn on their heels for a bit until Mirza Teletovic fouled the golden child, James, on a fast break that made both teams come together as James isn’t allowed to be touched by anyone. The game was tied at 89 with 40.8 seconds and the Nets had two chances to score and could not with the second being a Paul Pierce fall away jumper at the horn.
The first overtime was brutal for both teams and James fouled out.
The second overtime was a thing of beauty for Brooklyn as they took over and ran the Heat out of the building with an 11-0 run to start the overtime.
Livingston was a manchild all night long and played his best game as a Net with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Big win for the Nets with a tough back-to-back tomorrow in Toronto but it will feel better riding a five game win streak.
Brooklyn will be back in action on Saturday night when they visit the Toronto Raptors. Tip is at 7:00 PM on YES.