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HEAT 95 - Nets 104 Game Recap and Infographic

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The Miami HEAT dropped their second straight game, falling 104-95 to the Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Barclays Center. The HEAT battled back from deficits in the fourth quarter and first overtime, but couldn't pull the game out in the second overtime period.

 

Impact Performance of the Night: Joe Johnson was dynamite in the early going, pouring in 22 points in the first quarter on 9-of-10 shooting. He cooled off throughout the course of the game, but he showed up again in the overtime periods, helping Brooklyn take down the HEAT. Johnson finished with 32 points on 14-of-25 shooting and provided sustenance for a Brooklyn offense that has struggled for stretches this season.

 

The Deciding Run: The HEAT battled back in the fourth quarter and first overtime, overcoming deficits to fight another five minutes. In the second overtime, without LeBron James who had fouled out earlier,  and Dwyane Wade, who rested, the HEAT struggled to create good looks. As the HEAT offense was sputtering out of the gate, the Nets offense came out scorching. Shaun Livingston and Joe Johnson hit a pair of two-point jumpers to give the Nets a quick four-point lead. Paul Pierce hit a three-pointer on the next possession and that was just about it for the HEAT. The Nets would extend the run to 11-0 before Ray Allen scored in the closing seconds.

 

Play of the Game: All game long the HEAT fought off fatigue from a tough week of games and the second night of a back-to-back. They fell behind four points in the first overtime but were able to overcome it and force a second overtime period. In that second overtime, the Nets once again jumped out to a four-point lead, but this time the HEAT couldn’t bounce back. After a blocked layup attempt the Nets went the other way and Paul Pierce knocked in a huge three-pointer, giving the Nets a seven point lead.

 

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 100.1; Defensive Efficiency: 108.1

 

Trend to Watch: While HEAT losses were not the desired outcome, some good did come from this weekend’s games in New York. Norris Cole, in a starting role, played well for the HEAT. He didn’t back down from the challenges thrown his way and responded in a big way with the HEAT very shorthanded against the Nets. Tonight he scored 18 points and dished out seven assists, but two plays really stand out. In the first half Cole hit a layup high off the glass over a Nets defender while driving from the left side of the floor. The little scoop/floater shot is a new addition to Cole’s game and one that should help him immensely down the road. The other play was a fastbreak play that resulted in a relatively simple layup for Cole. He charged down the floor with just Joe Johnson to beat. In the past, Cole would often take off from far away, trying to beat the defender in the air to the basket. The results of most of those were simple blocks. Tonight, Cole ran into Johnson’s body, absorbing the contact, using his body as a shield. That is not a play that Cole has made with regularity in the past. His awareness and control around the rim has been a big reason for his improved play. Tonight, he showed off these two moves, and a little hesitation dribble, that will make his life around the rim much easier.

 

The Takeaway: Tonight presented a difficult challenge for the HEAT. Not only were they on the second night of a back-to-back, but they were playing their fifth game in seven days. All without three starters, two of which are primary creators of offense in Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. Considering the circumstances, the HEAT acquitted themselves pretty well. The offense and defense both experienced lulls in the middle of the game, but the HEAT put up a really strong fourth quarter performance to force overtime. The defense held the Nets to just 13 points in the frame, which was a return to the late game defense we’ve seen the last few weeks. Alas, a HEAT win wasn’t in the cards. LeBron James fouled out in the first overtime—his first regular season foul out since 2008—and the HEAT weren’t able to generate offense in the second overtime to hang with Brooklyn. The HEAT may have just run out of gas after a long week of basketball.

 

Notes: LeBron James led the HEAT with 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Norris Cole scored 18 points and tallied seven assists. Chris Bosh added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Greg Oden and Shane Battier were inactive.

 

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arg.. too many guys trying the fiasco role. James would've got double double here because he gets doubled a lot he should handle the ball more and facilitate get some 10 assist night but basically while he score at top of d. you've taught him to "save energy" aka passiveness and what you did wrong was ran down the bench this time of year. old and weak ars battier got worn out, small chalmers those guys ain't gonna cut it. we all know King james is master of regular season right. instead you've been giving a lot of scrubs touches. and what will they be doing in the post season? none maybe! the king will carry them again exhausted like this. i'm just saying you could be gambling things. change the energy save plan make wade play defense i don't care if he only get 14 pts we need him help on defense! these guys james and wade we all know their chemistry, they've dropped 70 pts together right, but wade - 14 the other night, and today was comfty. now this game i can't really blame the bench. bosh whopping 10 pts. i look at this game and it's a you better compensate for it type of game. but anyways... got better record than last year by january wise. this sounds like we may need to rewrite that winning streak again. well not really. some 15 game winning streak along the few losses of indy where we actually won get the boost from mvp james!

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Loved it when Cole took it upon himself to take the shot to send the game into double OT. Seemed like he knew he had to be the playmaker down the stretch when Bron fouled out but he couldn't get it going in double OT and seeing him get his layup absolutely blocked was disheartening. Tf has Bosh been lately though?

 

btw I think you should include the nicknames in the infographic from now on haha

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We came up short but got to love the effort guys came up with to cut in to the lead and get back in to the game it was up to grab, but  without Lebron for the second overtime it render things more difficult we couldn't buy a bucket in that time also fatigue played a role after climbing up a double digit lead in double overtime we went out of gas...but we could have seen another outcome had we get it going earlier, playing catch up games cost lot of energy…

 

Props to Cole with the clutch jumper an excellent game as well as Shard who is playing his time pretty effective with good contribution……Next up, everybody will be back and we get back at it with the complete team…

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And the Nets celebrated like they just one a championship LOL...

 

Reggie Evans was all smiles on the Bench after the win.. That same idiot that says that the heat's post lockout championship doesnt count as a legitimate official championship win..

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Just curious does anybody know our record with Wade out it the lineup?

I think we are 4-4 or 4-5 can't remember the exact record

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I think we are 4-4 or 4-5 can't remember the exact record

 

Last year in games Wade sat out, Bosh stepped up. This year when Wade sits, Bosh has been garbage, with the exception of the Portland game.

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And the Nets celebrated like they just one a championship LOL...

 

Reggie Evans was all smiles on the Bench after the win.. That same idiot that says that the heat's post lockout championship doesnt count as a legitimate official championship win..

this is how losers act. lol when they're not used to winning, they act like god came from the heavens when ever they do win.

He's smiling now but will be frowning in June

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