Brooklyn Nets 104, Miami Heat 90
LeBron James: B+
8-15 FG (3-7 3FG), 9-10 FT, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 28 points
LeBron James came out firing, scoring 13 points in the first quarter. Then he took his usual place on the bench at the beginning of the second quarter. When he came back in with about seven minutes left, he just couldn’t find his rhythm. He went nearly 14 minutes before scoring on a non-free throw.
Dwyane Wade: B
9-18 FG (0-2 3FG), 2-4 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, 20 points
Miami looked like they were going to stay with the Nets when Wade came out and scored the first six Heat points of the second half, but he couldn’t keep it up. Brooklyn pulled away with a bombardment of three-pointers. Wade, who scored 11 of his 20 points in the second half, couldn’t shoulder the entire load by himself. Those days have passed.
Chris Bosh: C-
5-11 FG (0-2 3FG), 5 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers, 12 points
The Nets thrived behind the play of… Andray Blatche. Kevin Garnett also had a decent game with 10 and 7. Bosh just couldn’t take advantage of a small Brooklyn lineup.
Ray Allen: C
2-6 FG (0-1 3FG), 5-6 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 9 points
Ray Allen wasn’t Jesus Shuttlesworth tonight. He couldn’t do much to save the rest of the Heat bench like he did in the first two games. He attempted just one three-pointer and, like the rest of the team, his shots weren’t falling.
Miami Heat: C-
31-68 (8-24 3FG), 20-25 FT, 27 rebounds to Brooklyn’s 43, 13 assists to Brooklyn’s 26, 10 turnovers to Brooklyn’s 14, 25 bench points to Brooklyn’s 40
The Heat got little help off the bench tonight and just never really got things going as a team. Here is my theory: LeBron came out hot in the first quarter. Fans might get excited about Immediately Urgent LeBron, but he never really got the rest of the team involved, a duty that often falls in his hands. The Heat trailed by one or two points at halftime in both games 2 and 3. The difference in Game 2 was that the Heat were building what Erik Spoeltsra likes to call “basketball karma.” With the way things were going, this game was due to get out of hand as soon as LeBron cooled down. The Nets never did though (15-25 3FG), and that’s what it boils down to.