The Nets defeated the Miami Heat by a score of 104-90 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at Barclays Center to narrow Miami’s advantage in the series to 2-1.
Need to Know: The Nets drained 15 three pointers, en route to a 60% performance from beyond the arc. Joe Johnson (19 points) had five and Mirza Teletovic (12 points) had four.
Andray Blatche (5-for-10) added 15 and was a +15 off the bench in 20 minutes.
Deron Williams had nine points and a game-high 11 assists coming off being shut out in Game 2.
Kevin Garnett shot 5-of-6 from the field to post 10 points along with seven rebounds.
LeBron James (28), Dwyane Wade (20), and Chris Bosh (12) were the double digit scorers for Miami.
This was Miami’s first loss of the 2014 playoffs.
Brian ErniThis was the Nets team we grew accustomed to seeing in the second half of the season. After trailing by a point after the first, the Nets dominated, particularly in the third quarter, where Brooklyn made it rain threes. It was exactly what they needed, and it could set the tone for may what may be a long series after all…Excellent effort by Blatche, who was nearly unstoppable down low. Dray Live was made his presence felt when the Nets needed a boost, including a sick crossover in the second that broke Chris Bosh’s ankles. It seemed like Blatche would lose playing time to Mason Plumlee the way the rotation was set at the end of the season, but it hasn’t worked out the way, and thankfully so, because he’s been very good…Great to see Andrei Kirilenko get 19 minutes and put the intangibles on full display. AK47 was working hard on the boards and flying around on defense, and that smaller look could really help the Nets even the odds as the series moves along…Like I said this morning, protect your home floor. One down, one more to go to get this series even. Get it done on Monday and they may make a run at this thing yet.
What’s Next: The Nets will try to even up this series when they host Game 4 on Monday night. Tip is set for 8:00 PM.