We have a series now. The Brooklyn Nets used a dominant 3rd quarter outscoring the Heat 26-14 to pull away and win game 3 104-90. This was Miami’s first loss of the playoffs, but the Heat still lead the Nets 2 games to one. Game 4 is set for Monday at 8pm from Brooklyn.
The Nets were brilliant from deep hitting 15/25 three’s after hitting 18 combined three’s in the first 3 games. Brooklyn owned the glass one out-rebounding the Heat 43-27, and held its own in the paint with both teams scoring 26 points.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, and Paul Pierce scored 14 points. Nets coach Jason Kidd went to Blatche earlier than he has been, and it paid off.
Deron Williams bounced back from his forgetful game 2 where he failed to score for the first time in a game in which he played 15 or more minutes. Williams scored 9 points and had 11 assists. There’s still plenty of room for improvement for Williams who shot just 3/11 from the field.
Kevin Garnett was efficient scoring 10 points on 5/6 shooting to go along with 7 rebounds, Mirza Teletovic came off the bench to hit 4 three’s, and Shaun Livingston scored 12 points in 30 minutes. Teletovic was huge in the 3rd quarter hitting 3 of this 4 three’s on the night. The Nets led by 14 after 3, marking the first time the Heat trailed in the 4th quarter all post-season.
LeBron James led all players with 28 points, 16 of which came in the first quarter. Miami had a 1-point lead after one. James led the Heat in rebounds with 8, and assists with 5. Dwyane Wade was the only other effective Heat player scoring 20 points.
Chris Bosh had his worst game of the series with 12 points, and Mario Chalmers was essentially a non-factor scoring just 3 points and adding 2 assists. Ray Allen was also not on his game. Allen failed to hit a 3 for the first time this series.
Brooklyn got the win it had to have in game 3, and if the Nets can get another victory in game 4, this series will all of a sudden get very interesting.
**Jay-Z, Beyonce, Jason Sudekis, Olivia Wild, and Jerry Seinfeld were all seen in the crowd.