The Heat earned a hard-fought 94-82 win over the Brooklyn Nets to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals matchup.
The Heat got off to a sluggish start in the First Quarter, as they fell behind 21-15. Shaun Livingston led the Nets with eight points in the opening quarter, while Chris Bosh scored five points in the period for the Heat. This was the fourth lowest scoring quarter for the Heat in the Big Three era.
Miami rebounded nicely, taking the Second Quarter 30-25, for close their deficit to 46-45 at the half. LeBron James scored eight points in the last 2:40 to pace the Heat in the quarter. Mirza Teletovic scored 12 points in the quarter, all from the three-point line.
The Heat were also able to take the Third Quarter as well, by a score of 24-21. That helped them take a 69-67 lead into the deciding period. Ray Allen came off the bench to score 10 points in the quarter. Livingston scored five in the period to lead the team again.
The Heat began to defend well, and wore the Nets down in the final period, winning the quarter 25-15. Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade each scored six points in the quarter for Miami. Marcus Thornton led the Nets with six points in the quarter.
In all, for the Heat, James led the Heat with 22 points. Bosh scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Wade scored 14 points, but added a team-high seven assists and seven rebounds.
Also worth noting: Deron Williams was held scoreless in the game. He finished with seven rebounds and six assists, but missed all nine of his shot attempts.
Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night. The tip-off is scheduled for 8 pm.