The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Miami Heat 104-90 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Saturday night behind a postseason franchise-record 15 three-pointers. Miami now leads the series 2-1.
After the Heat outscored the Nets by one in the first quarter (30-29), the Nets seized control behind an impressive 24-minute stretch that spanned the second and third periods. During that time, Brooklyn outscored Miami, 48-33.
As a team, the Nets shot 15-of-25 from three (60 percent) and 53 percent from the field. Conversely, the Heat shot just 46 percent from the floor and 33 percent from deep.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 19 points (7-of-10 shooting, 5-of-7 from three), six rebounds and three assists, while Paul Pierce chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes.
Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic were both major contributors off the bench, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively. Teletovic shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while Blatche added 10 rebounds (four offensive) to his final line.
Deron Williams bounced back from a scoreless Game 2 effort by scoring nine points (3-of-11 shooting) and dishing out 10 assists while recording a team-best plus/minus rating of plus-18 in 40 minutes.
As for Miami, LeBron James led all scorers with 28 points (8-of-15 shooting, 3-of-7 from three), 16 of which came in the first quarter. He also pulled down eight rebounds and dropped five dimes.
Game 4 will get underway at 8 p.m. ET Monday night and will be broadcast on TNT.