In a highly anticipated contest that lived up to the hype, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Miami Heat 101-100 on Friday Night.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Dwyane Wade contributed 21 points and 5 rebounds. Chris Bosh added 15 points.
For the Nets, Paul Pierce led the way with 19 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Joe Johnson added 17 points, and Brook Lopez contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds.
This was the first matchup between the Heat and the new-look Nets, and it played like an old Heat/Celtics game. The Nets came out looking like they had something prove, beating the Heat with plenty of ball movement and defense. The Heat, like they did against the Sixers, looked lethargic in some moments, and lost in others. James looked like his legs were tired, as most of his jump shots came up short and he wasn’t his normal high energy, high flying self.
The Nets controlled the game on the boards, with a 40 to 30 advantage. This, as usual, remains a problem for the Heat. Their lack of size, especially with Udonis Haslem in foul trouble and Chris Andersen mostly ineffective, came back to haunt them in the end.
For the Heat, this is their first two-game losing streak since January of last season. They will look to right the ship Sunday against the Washington Wizards.