Miami started fast out of the gate, shooting 5-of-5 from three-point range in the first quarter. They also began the game dominating the Nets on the boards through the first 12 minutes (13-6), especially the offensive glass (6-1). And while rebounding is not typically one of Miami's strong suits, the addition of Chris Andersen greatly strengthened its inside game on this night.
The Heat were up by 10 after the first, but the Nets played physical basketball in the second frame and had tied it up by the half.
The second half was a different story.
Miami ran away with it and nothing went right for the Nets, as the Heat outscored the home team 36-14 in the third quarter. Brooklyn had to blast noise over the PA system just to drown out the chants of "Let's go Heat!"
Miami had entered the game at 28-13—1.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks for first place in the Eastern Conference. Though the Heat have won 18 of their 21 games at home, their record was just 10-10 away from AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Nets had won seven of their last 10, including eight straight at home. But the home winning streak is over for the now 27-19 Nets, and its distance from Miami is now one game more, at four games back in fourth place.
Let's break down the Heat's tremendous performance position by position.