The Nets admitted a regular season sweep of Miami meant very little when it came to the playoffs. They learned just how little in Game 1.
The Heat dominated the series opener Tuesday night in Miami, picking up a 107-86 win over Brooklyn.
Miami pulled away in the third quarter after leading just 46-43 at the half. Chris Bosh had 10 points in the quarter, while fellow Big 3 mates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had solid contributions in the game as well.
James finished with 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting, while Wade chipped in 14 points.
Ray Allen, the former teammate of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston, was particularly lethal off the bench. The 38-year-old sharpshooter had 19 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. He had just 13 points in four games combined against Charlotte in the first round.
Pierce and Garnett barely played in the fourth quarter as head coach Jason Kidd chose to rest his veterans instead of waste their effort against a 20-point deficit.
Game 2 is Thursday night at 7 p.m. on TNT.
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