Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95 on Wednesday night.
Shaun Livingston scored 13 points, Andray Blatche added 11 and Deron Williams had eight assists for the Nets, who have won seven of their past eight games and are 23-9 since Jan. 1.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points for Miami, giving him 15,003 for his career. Dwyane Wade scored 22, LeBron James finished with 19 and Mario Chalmers scored 14 for the Heat.
The Heat got within one three times down the stretch and tied it after Wade made a free throw with 2:02 remaining. Brooklyn scored the next four, and Miami answered with a three-point play by Bosh with 30.6 seconds left but never got the lead back.
The Heat had a chance to win with 3.5 seconds left, but never got a shot off after the Nets knocked a pass away.
So for the second time this season, Brooklyn beat Miami by one. Associated Press
What. The. Hell? The Brookyln Nets don’t suck now. I don’t know what to attribute this to. They have definitely been playing much better since Brook Lopez went out for the season with a foot injury, but Jason Kidd’s comfort level as a head coach is likely the catalyst for this dramatic reversal. Whatever it is, they are getting respect around the league from a lot of early doubters.
No one will be excited to play Nets in postseason. Lots of respect in the East for those guys, and how their style translates to playoffs.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 13, 2014
Great win by the #Nets. All you Paul Pierce haters should be quiet tonight!!
— Dave Rothenberg (@RothenbergESPN) March 13, 2014
It also helps that the New York Knicks are so bad and so concerned with creating rumors to stay relevant that no one has paid the Nets any attention.
That said, I’m not learning anything about teams who beat the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat right now. Both teams are in weird ruts so it’s difficult not to feel like this is fool’s gold. – AL
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