January 10th, 2014
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Post Game Recap
Final Score: Heat 95 Nets 104
The Brooklyn Nets were able to pull off a double overtime win over the defending champions on Friday night to keep their winning streak alive. The Nets riding a five-game winning streak now are just three games back of the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division, with a (15-21) record.
Shooting Guard Joe Johnson once again had a great game in the absence of Deron Williams, who is still out with an ankle injury, and there is no real timetable for his return. Johnson scored a team-high 32 points on 14 for 25 shooting, which included him going four for six from three-point land. In his 46 minutes Johnson also added four rebounds and five assists to his great night.
Shaun Livingston did another fine job filling in for Williams at Point Guard for the third straight game. In 51 minutes of play Livingston recorded a double-double, as he scored 19 points on six of 11 shooting, with 11 rebounds and five assists. In his last three games at Point Guard, Livingston has scored in double figures each time, which is a big help for a team without their best player.
In the double-overtime thriller the old men for Brooklyn did pretty well, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both had nice games. Pierce did well scoring the basketball, as he had 23 points on seven for 17 shooting. Garnett playing a bit more than usual recorded a double-double with 12 points on five for eight shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
Battling a knee injury Dwayne Wade sat against Brooklyn, which was the second game of a New York back to back for the Heat. Ray Allen got the start in place of Wade, and really struggled against some of his old friends from Boston. Allen scored just nine points on a horrendous two for 14 shooting night from the field, and was zero for five from three-point land. Chris Bosh was a surprising non-factor in a game that Wade wasn’t in. Bosh scored just 12 points on four for nine shooting with 10 rebounds.
Brooklyn as a team did a fantastic job protecting the ball throughout the game against one of the more opportunistic teams in the league. The Nets only turned the ball over 13 times, which would be great for even a game that ended in regulation.
The best player in the world was just that against Brooklyn, as expected Lebron James was his usual great self. James scored a game-high 36 points on 12 for 21 shooting, with seven rebounds and five assists. In what was a truly rare sight James fouled out just before the end of the first overtime for just the sixth time in his career.
A major negative for Brooklyn was their lack of production from the entire bench. Only Reggie Evans had a positive plus +/- off the bench for Brooklyn, and they didn’t have a player score in double-digits, as Andray Blatche was the closest with eight points on four for 10 shooting.
Next up for the Nets will be a difficult game against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto on Saturday night.