After getting swept in the season series by the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat kicked off their second-round series by beating Brooklyn twice down in South Beach. Thursday's Game 2 remained close until the fourth quarter, and Miami ran away with a 94-82 win and a 2-0 series lead.
The Heat's Big Three have never lost a playoff series when leading 2-0.
The Nets took a 46-45 halftime lead thanks to excellent defense in the first quarter and five three-pointers from Mirza Teletovic. He finished with a team-high 20 points, but Brooklyn's offense languished as Deron Williams missed all nine shots he attempts. Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each recorded 13 points.
The Nets absolutely, positively must win both Games 3 and 4 at home to stand any chance at winning the series. They'll try to hold serve Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Game 4 comes Monday at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
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