Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis

December 1st, 2012 by David Weiss Leave a reply »
In a possible Eastern Conference Finals preview, the Brooklyn Nets returned to AmericanAirlines Arena seeking to avenge a 30-point loss in their first matchup against the Miami Heat.

Instead, they were put back in their place, ending a five-game winning streak that ultimately proved to be no match against the perfect 8-0 record of their opponent at home, losing 102-89.

Furthermore, the Heat extended their own five-game winning streak to six, as they ground out a victory led by the tandem of Dwyane Wade, with 34 points, and LeBron James, with 21 points. 

In a game that, at one point, seemed headed toward a blowout, Brooklyn came out of the gate strong, shooting 60 percent from the field thanks to its deft ball movement. 

Miami, on the other hand, looked every bit its ranking as one of the worst defensive and rebounding teams in the league.

Yet that reality, and an 11-rebound advantage for the Nets by halftime, was largely overshadowed by the striking absence of LeBron James and Chris Bosh for much of the first half. Side note: James and Bosh combined for exactly one point after the first quarter. 

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