In a game that could be described as a tale of two halves, the Nets exploited the Heat's lack of size to begin the game, pounding them on the glass for an 11-rebound advantage by halftime and using ball movement to collapse their disjointed defense.
In the second-half, however, Miami's defense and effort were vastly improved, leading to a remarkable come-from-behind win.
The likely takeaway from the game: Miami is just pacing itself through a long season, and that is why it has been getting killed on defense and on the glass.
Here is the stumbling block in that theory, though.
There is a difference between beating an elite team with size and an elite team with elite size.
Kris Humphries and Andray Blatche aren't Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph or Blake Griffin.
For that matter, neither are Kendrick Perkins or Serge Ibaka, two big men who unofficially validated the anointment of small-ball during the NBA Finals.
Now, fortunately or unfortunately for the Miami Heat, there aren't a lot of elite big men in the NBA, particularly in the Eastern Conference.
The positive of that is Miami should be able to use small ball to comfortably land it back into the NBA Finals for the third year in a row.
But the negative is Miami could develop a false sense of comfort in small ball that ultimately comes back to haunt them in the NBA Finals. And keep in mind that, outside of Oklahoma City, all the other elite teams in the West have at least one elite big man on their team.
Enter Kenyon Martin.
Here are three ways the controversial forward could solve Miami's defensive woes.