The Miami Heat have taken a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets with a 94-82 win in game two.
Miami has now won 8 straight playoff games, and the Heat will look to put the Nets on the brink of elimination when these two teams meet for game 3 on Saturday night.
After the Nets had cut the Heat lead to 79-77 with 6:54 remaining, Miami made sure Brooklyn would not get any closer going on an immediate 8-0 run to put the game away.
Brooklyn tried to go on a last-ditch run, but the Heat simply wouldn’t allow it. Following a Mirza Teletovic lay-up with 3:39 to go, the Heat would go on to keep possession for the next 100 seconds behind 3 offensive rebounds. LeBron James eventually scored on a lay-up with 1:59 left.
Deron Williams, the $98 million dollar man, was held scoreless for the first time in his 702 prior regular season and post-season games in which he played 15 or more minutes. The last time he did not score in a game was on January 30, 2006 when he played 9 minutes while with the Jazz.
Williams was 0/9 from the field, had a game worst (-18), but did have 6 assists and 7 rebounds. Still, if the Nets want to even consider winning a game in this series, Williams is not only going to have to play significantly better, he’s going to have to dominate his match-up with Mario Chalmers who scored 11 points on 4/7 shooting and was a game best (+17).
LeBron James once again led the way for Miami scoring a game high 22 points, Chris Bosh had 18, and Dwyane Wade added 14 points. Ray Allen gave the Heat another big-time boost off the bench scoring 13 points on 3/5 from 3, and hauled in a team high 8 rebounds.
Mirza Teletovic was most efficient Nets player on the night scoring 20 points on 6/9 from 3. He hit five 3’s in the first half and the Nets led by one at the break. Shaun Livingston added 15 points for Brooklyn, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce each had 13, and Marcus Thorton had 10 off the bench.
The Heat owned the paint in game one, and the Nets were remarkably better in game two. Miami had 34 points in the paint to 32 for Brooklyn.
The result however, did not change and the Heat are going to Brooklyn with a chance to put the Nets away for good.