The Nets unbeaten streak over the Heat is no more.
The Miami Heat exerted its will over the Brooklyn Nets taking game one in convincing fashion 107-86. It’s Miami’s first win over the Nets this season.
Miami dominated the paint outscoring Brooklyn 52-28, converting easy basket after easy basket.
LeBron James led the way scoring a game high 22 points, Chris Bosh added 15, and Dwyane Wade had 14 points. Ray Allen came off the bench to score 19 points which is 6 more than he had in Miami’s first round series against the Bobcats.
Chris Anderson provided a major spark off the bench blocking 4 Nets shots, and scoring 7 points. Mario Chalmers scored 12 in the win.
The Heat showed rust early on, but the Nets could not take advantage. Miami had a 2-point lead after one, and finally got it together in the 2nd quarter leading by as many as 11 points. Brooklyn however, finished the half strong trailing by just 3 at halftime following a Deron Williams buzzer beating 3. Three points would be as close as the Nets would get.
Miami went on run away with the game in the 3rd quarter. The Heat used a 29-4 run to put the Nets away. Miami outscored the Nets 33-23 in the 3rd. Deron Williams though hit another buzzer beater to keep Brooklyn in it heading into the 4th. A game one win just wasn’t meant to be.
The Heat cruised the rest of the way as Nets coach Jason Kidd benched his starters for the majority of the final frame.
Kevin Garnett was a flat-out no-show scoring 0 points in 16 minutes. This was the first time Garnett failed to score in a playoff game in his career. Paul Pierce scored 6 of his 8 points in the first 5 minutes of the game.
If the Nets have any reservations to win this series, saying Pierce and Garnett have to play significantly better is an understatement.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were really the only 2 efficient Nets. They each scored 17 points on a combined 14/21 from the field. Marcus Thorton also contributed scoring 11 points off the bench. No other Net scored in double figures.
Brooklyn had no answer for LeBron James all game. James did whatever he wanted, and no matter who the Nets threw at him, it did not make a difference. It also seemed like every time the Nets were about to go on a run, Ray Allen would quickly take those hopes away by draining a three.
Miami will look to take a commanding 2 games to none lead when these team meet again on Thursday night. Tip-off is set for just after 7pm.