Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis

May 6th, 2014 by Sean Hojnacki Leave a reply »

The Brooklyn Nets won all four meetings against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but the two-time defending champs become a different animal in the playoffs. Miami outscored Brooklyn in all four quarters and cruised to a 107-86 win in Tuesday's Game 1.

LeBron James coasted to 22 points, and Dwyane Wade added 14. Chris Bosh turned in a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson led Brooklyn with 17 points apiece, but the Nets looked punchless as the game got away from them in the second half. They committed 13 turnovers and totaled just 11 assists on 33 field goals, not to mention missing seven free throws on 17 attempts.

The Heat opened an 11-point lead in the second quarter, their largest advantage over the Nets during any game all season. Then Miami compiled a 15-2 run during the third quarter that busted things open.

Had it not been for the proficiency of the Nets starters from behind the arc (8-of-15 shooting), Brooklyn would have trailed by more than 20 for much of the second half. 

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