Heat dominate Nets in second half, take easy win

Dwyane Wade drives past Joe Johnson in the Heat's win over the Nets.

The Nets were able to limit LeBron James in coming back from a 12-point deficit during the second quarter. But by the time the third quarter ended, James had regained his touch.

In a flash, the tone drastically changed and so did the outcome for the Nets, who were handed a 105-85 loss to the defending champions as James scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half.

“They’re a good team,” Nets forward Gerald Wallace said. “They’re the defending champions. But I don’t think they’re that much better than us. They won by 20-something points. I don’t think they’re 20 points better than us. I’m not saying they can’t beat us, but they’re not 20 points better than us.”

“In any sport you measure yourself up against a champion. They’re a champion and they’ve embarrassed us all three times, so what does that say for us as a team?”

For the third time in four games the Nets were handed a double-digit loss against a winning team. They also dropped to 10-19 against teams with winning records.

“We had maybe 20-something good minutes,” interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “You need like 40-something to beat these guys. We played some exceptional ones, we played some decent ones, but we just threw in some horrendous ones.”

“Those are games that we didn’t actually lose those games, we got our [butts] kicked,” Wallace said. “Those teams just pretty much dominated us. We’re saying we want to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and we want to compete in the playoffs and eventually shoot for a championship but we have a letdown against some of the top teams in the league and we can’t do that.”

This time, the Nets were run out of the building with another poor third quarter. The Heat have outscored the Nets by a whopping 97-48 margin in third quarters this season. They closed out the third quarter on a 30-8 run Wednesday night.
 
“Whether guys got down or missed good shots or whatever, we stopped defending or rebounding on the defensive end,” Carlesimo said. “And then we were back to our real serious problem of not walking the ball up the floor and trying to get into a set defense and we couldn’t do that.”

“We’ve just to put it behind us and move forward,” Joe Johnson said after a 4-of-15 night. “We’ll take a look at the tape, but I don’t believe they’re 20 points better [than us].”

Before getting overwhelmed, the Nets had been able to hang with the Heat. They kept James somewhat quiet, holding him to one shot in the 6:14 that he played in the second quarter and the adequate defense allowed the Nets to close out of the half with a 20-8 run and a 49-49 tie at halftime.

That all vanished in a flash.

James started the period off by getting past Reggie Evans for a driving layup, and with 7:39 remaining, James put the Heat in front with a 3-pointer.

The 3-pointer gave the Heat a 58-55 lead and turned a respectable game into a 22-point contest.

At one point, the Heat had outscored the Nets 24-2 while getting points on 11 consecutive possessions. It also prompted a noticeable “Let’s Go Heat” chant from various points of the upper deck.

The dominance in the third led to Miami’s 13th straight victory over the Nets and James’s 17th consecutive win over the Nets dating back to his Cleveland days.

Not helping matters was a quiet night by starting point guard Deron Williams, who committed six turnovers and scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. Brook Lopez was the most effective starter as he led the Nets with 21 and seven rebounds.

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD looking for man they say assaulted elderly…

      The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Hispanic male 20's wanted in connection with…

Local

Three arrested after allegedly assaulting off-duty officer in…

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting an off-duty officer at a Bronx bodega, and the NYPD is asking for the public's…

Local

Healthcare union creates vibrant West Indian Day Parade…

Volunteers worked almost around the clock through the weekend, putting the flashy finishing touches on hundreds of costume pieces 1199SEIU members will wear while marching…

National

Top 10 most hipster college campuses

Hipsters are everywhere these days. You can't walk down the anywhere anymore without seeing a pair of skinny jeans on a handlebar mustachioed 20-something, a…

Arts

Theater: Discouraging 'Poor Behavior'

Theresa Rebeck's latest off-Broadway play, about two couples sparring on a weekend getaway, repeats a few mistakes of her past.

Gossip

Chef Todd English arrested for DWI in the…

Celebrity chef Todd English is facing DWI charges after a traffic stop on Sunday.

Movies

Box office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is 2014's…

This weekend "The Guardians of the Galaxy" passed the fourth "Transformers" movie to become the highest grossing film of 2014.

Gossip

Spears back with controversial ex?

Is Briteny Spears back with Adnan Ghalib?

Sports

Novak Djokovic feeds off US Open crowd to…

Novak Djokovic isn't a native New Yorker, but he sure knows how to use the U.S. Open crowd to his advantage.

NFL

Odell Beckham still 'weeks away,' Tom Coughlin angry…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…

Sex

When it comes to dating, height matters

Does a man’s height really matter when it comes to dating? Unfortunately - according to a new study - the answer looks like it’s yes.…

Travel

10 free apps to make traveling easier

Finding the nearest bathroom, calculating currency exchanges and locating your departure gate must have been difficult for travelers of previous generations. But we wouldn't know,…

Travel

How to get a seat upgrade to business…

It used to be much easier to upgrade your coach seat to business or even first class, but rigid rules and tighter schedules have made…