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Heat show Nets what it will take to contend in 20-point win

Jan 30, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

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For a half, the Brooklyn Nets hung with the Miami Heat.

Then in the second half the Heat cranked up the defensive pressure, LeBron James reminded everyone he is the best basketball player currently on planet Earth, and the Heat rolled to a 105-85 win.

Before the game, Nets forward Reggie Evans said the Heat’s championship should have an asterik — “It doesn’t prove nothing. That was a lockout season.”  LeBron’s response? How about the 24 points. “I let my game do the talking,” James said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov — the man who set the bar at a championship within five years for the Nets — was at the game and saw exactly where the championship bar is.

Last time Prokhorov came to a game and saw his team lose this bad he fired the coach. That’s not going to happen this time, but the Nets learned what the Heat can do.

Miami opened the game very active on defense, and that always fuels their offense. They jumped out to a quick 24-13 lead and the Heat kind of hung out in the 8-12 point lead range for most of the first half as they hit more threes and grabbed offensive rebounds, controlling the glass.

But just before the half the Nets made a 20-8 run behind Brook Lopez and tied the game at 49-49 at the break. Lopez, earlier in the day named to his first All-Star game and he played up to that — 21 points and seven rebounds.

In the third quarter, the Heat cranked it up and the Nets had no answer.

Brooklyn had a couple brief two-point leads in the third quarter before the Heat went on a 24-5 run, with the Heat defense pressuring Nets ball handlers and changing the complexion of the game. The Nets shot 5-of-12 with 8 turnovers in the third — and turnovers fuel the Heat’s running game and easy buckets in transition. The Nets couldn’t stop the Heat pick-and-roll, their help rotations on to the roll man were nonexistent, plus the ball handler was LeBron or Dwyane Wade.

The result was Miami hit 14-of-22 shots in the quarter and outscored Brooklyn 36-14. Ballgame.

LeBron finished with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting, with 9 rebounds and 7 assists, every one of which led the Heat. Wade chipped in 21 for Miami and Chris Bosh had 16.

During their recent run some people talked about the Nets as potential contenders. I’m not sure when the Heat are focused that anyone in the East fares any better against them than the Nets, and we saw how that went.

  1. miamatt - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Big brother done let ‘em know tonight.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    And the Knicks show the Heat who the East goes through with TWO 20 point wins over them.

    • kinggw - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Keep holding on to that dream. You don’t even believe that nonsense.

    • cmehustle - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Thank you Kingw. Brick fans keep bringing that up but how many 20 point wins did yall get in the playoffs against that team. Thatll be when it counts. By the way the Bricks might not even get to face the heat if they go up against the Nets in the playoffs this season.

      • stoudemelo - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:16 AM

        Do you realize the Knicks have NINE new players….. Hardly the same team

    • fivetwopickup - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      As a Knick fan comments like that are just embarrassing.

    • miamatt - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Remind us all of how long it’s been since the Knicks won even a single playoff series? What’s that, they managed to beat Miami once last year, when they were at home and already down 3-0? Pretty sure the East goes through the defending champs (who also happen to have a better record) when games truly count.

      Don’t get me wrong, in a way I’d love to see them win a series or two so that it can be the Heat who stomp them out.

    • him247 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      The miami heat fans are just stupid to think that knicks arent the only legitmate comp for the heat… the knicks was not healthy the last two years in the playoff and we all know that last person lebron james wants to gaurd is not kevin durant.. its carmelo anthony… carmelo dropped a grand total of 4, 40 point games against the heat last year, reg season and playoffs… with dwade getting older and shump getting healthier… I think miami heat fans are gonna b doin a little bit more than sweating this post season if they see the knick…

  3. brotherlove2012 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Where’s Reggie Evans now? lol …

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      He refused to talk to the media after.

      Probably his smartest decision of the day, haha.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      13 in a row, Reggie

  4. starvingardens - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Hey Reggie… In the words of the most electrifying wrestler on the planet “The Rock” once said:

    Know your role… and shut your mouth!

  5. rickyspanish - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    I love Knick fans. They make basketball even more fun.

  6. sportsnut101 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Hey Evans u know the game was tnite right where did u go lol

    Nets are so over hyped. Joe Johnson u fake all star earn ur money n ball already. U can’t take 20 shots n average 16 I love when they say he has a sweet jumper. Where in practice cuz this dude scores as much as brooks did last yr n brooks don’t earn what he does. Deron scrub Williams I think turkey wants u back u left ur game over there.

  7. drubeatz - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Nets got outclassed. Lebron was toying with them. He made it look easy. Nets have no answer. Not sure they ever will be on the elite level.

  8. adm350 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Reggie who ***???

  9. hehateme2 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Nicks are worthless and weak.

    • miamatt - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      And we’re not gonna take it… NO!!! We ain’t gonna take it!

  10. mgscott - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Lebron always “deals” with the nets and knicks. That’s how it will always be.

  11. aerorocket - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Evans is now well known as the one without any rings, has not drink from the Silver cup, no hugs around the Golden trophy; So…… why is he talking and embarrassing his teammates and the legitimate product the NBA put on floor last year.

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