Final Score: Brooklyn 101, Miami 100
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Johnson's late free throws proved to be
the difference as the Brooklyn Nets handed Miami its second straight defeat
with a 101-100 win over the Heat from Barclays Center.
The Nets led comfortably for most of the final period, but consecutive triples
from Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers in the final minute capped a 10-0 Miami
surge to pull back within two at 96-94.
The Nets shot 5-of-6 from the line in the final 17 seconds, including a pair
by Paul Pierce with seven seconds left that spotted Brooklyn a four-point
edge. LeBron James hit a corner three on the ensuing Heat possession to make
it a one-point game, but Johnson calmly sank two at the other end with 3.7 on
Leading by three, Kevin Garnett fouled Chris Bosh on the inbounds pass. Bosh
made the first and put a lot of arc on the second, hoping to miss and give
Miami an opportunity for an offensive rebound. But the ball fell through the
hoop, and Brooklyn quickly inbounded and ran out the clock.
Johnson and Pierce netted 19 points apiece to lead the new-look Nets and Brook
Lopez had 13 points. Williams added eight points and eight assists while
Brooklyn's reserves outscored their counterparts, 36-22.
"It was good that we got a taste of this type of atmosphere this early in the
season to try to see where we're at," Pierce said. "Miami, whenever they come
into town, they're a measuring stick for everybody, so it was good for us to
come out and get the win."
James paced Miami with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Wade hit 10-
of-11 from the charity stripe en route to 21 points. Chris Bosh chipped in 17
points. The Heat will look to break out of their mini-slump against Washington
"We've dealt with this before. This story line continues," Wade said of the
team's struggles. "At the end of the day, we want to play better. We would
love to play better, obviously the start, the first and the third, but we had
a chance to win the game. We have to find a way to pull it out."
The Nets jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the opening minutes, prompting a quick
Miami timeout. Bosh settled the Heat with a corner three out of the break and
the Nets' lead hovered between one and three until late in the period, when
Jason Terry came off the bench and hit two triples.
The two-time defending champs responded with a strong second quarter and tied
the score heading into the locker rooms. Chalmers' 3-pointer with 1:15 left
gave Miami its biggest lead of the contest at 45-42. Alan Anderson answered
with a long ball for Brooklyn and the half came to an end with a 47-47 score.
Pierce scored 11 points and handed out three assists in the third quarter to
help Brooklyn regain the lead. A set of Pierce free throws with 4:16 in the
period pushed the lead to 71-55.
The Nets maintained a double-digit advantage until Chalmers free throws with
under five minutes left in the contest brought Miami to within eight. Two
timely threes from Johnson provided the Nets a cushion before Miami went on a
run to make it interesting.
New head coach Jason Kidd will return to the Nets' bench for their clash with
Orlando on Sunday. Kidd missed the first two games of the season while serving
a suspension for a DUI incident ... Brooklyn edged the Heat in rebounds, 40-30
... Chalmers and Ray Allen scored 12 points apiece.
11/02 02:02:39 ET
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