The Nets lost to the Miami Heat by a score of 107-86 in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinal at the American Airlines Arena.
Need to Know: LeBron James had a game-high 22 points (10-of-15 shooting) to lead the way for Miami.
Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each had 17 points.
The Nets trailed by just three at the half, but were outscored 33-23 in the third to put themselves in a deficit they could not recover from.
Marcus Thornton had 11 off the bench (5-of-9 from the field), but was a -11.
Miami shot 56.8% (42-for-74) from the field.
Brooklyn turned the ball over 11 times.
Brian ErniI can’t say I’m surprised by this. The Nets were coming off an emotional win, and the Heat had eight days to get fresh off their first round sweep of the Bobcats. Dwayne Wade looked spry and healthy, and Miami was just simply the better team…Brooklyn really shot themselves in the foot when James was on the bench and their bench unit had zero defensive accountability. Thornton looked lost, meandering around in the paint, paying little mind to his assignments, and the unit lost the opportunity to pull ahead and take some control with the King taking a breather…Shane Battier and Ray Allen can not get that many open looks. It just can’t continue…Well, Game 1 to the champs. The Nets will have to be much, much better if they hope to steal one on the road. They’ll have their work cut out for them.
What’s Next: The Nets and Heat will meet in Game 2 of this series Thursday night in Miami. Tip is set for 7:00 PM.