The Miami Heat lost to the Brooklyn Nets 86-62, dropping their second straight preseason game. In a game that was supposed to contain regular season intensity, the Heat did not uphold their end of that bargain. Outside of some HORSE-worthy turn around jumpers from LeBron, another nice outing from Chris Bosh and some late highlights from Eric Griffin, this was a forgettable night for the Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra seemed determined not to allow the new look Nets to gauge themselves against his team in the preseason.
As Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel tweeted:
Jarvis Varnado and Joel Anthony playing side by side is Erik Spoelstra’s way of saying, “Go watch football.”
The Heat were led by LeBron James’ 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Bosh added 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Nets rode balanced scoring led by Brook Lopez’ 14 points to the victory.
Sitting out this one for the Heat for a variety of reasons were Dwyane Wade, Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Ray Allen, Charlie Westbrook and Lary Drew II. Rashard Lewis is not with the team due to personal reasons.
- The Nets retired new head coach Jason Kidd’s number five jersey before the game – Kidd appeared sober while accepting the honor
- Justin Hamilton left the game after a couple of minutes of action with a broken nose
- Paul Pierce, possibly upset over being called out as a hypocrite, fouled LeBron hard on more than one occasion
- Eric Griffin, in one of the most athletic moves you’ll ever see, leap frogged over 7 footer Mason Plumlee after being shot faked
- The Heat next game is at the AAA against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday