The Brooklyn Nets made things interesting against the Miami Heat in the first half on Wednesday night, but the defending champions ultimately steamrolled the home team down the stretch, emerging with a 105-85 victory at Barclays Center.
After Miami jumped out to a 30-20 advantage in the first quarter, Brooklyn bounced back, going on a 29-19 run to close out the first half in a tie.
But the Heat exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets, 36-14, and effectively putting the game away.
Miami shot 52 percent for the game while holding a 38-34 rebounding advantage. The team scored 25 points on 19 Nets turnovers. Four different players scored in double digits for the visitors.
Player of the Game: LeBron James, F, Miami Heat
Yawn. Another game, another brilliant performance from the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James.
James finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals on 10-of-18 shooting on Wednesday night. He posted a plus/minus of plus-22.
Up Next for Heat
Miami visits the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The Pacers are 27-19 this season, despite being without forward Danny Granger. They rank second in points allowed per game and defeated the Heat the last time the two teams met on Jan. 8.
Up Next for Nets
Brooklyn hosts the Chicago Bulls on Friday. The Bulls have gotten off to a 28-17 start despite Derrick Rose not being on the floor. They rank in the top 10 in points allowed per game and rebounds per game and sport All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
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