For the second straight game, Paul Pierce found the fountain of youth, pouring in 29 points, including 17 points in the third quarter, to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 96-95 victory over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida Wednesday night.
Pierce was extremely efficient, hitting nine of his 12 shots from the field, going five-of-seven from beyond the arc and six-of-seven from the charity stripe.
Mirza Teletovic came off of the bench to add 17 points and Shaun Livingtson had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Nets held the lead throughout most of the fourth quarter, but the Heat tied the game on a three-point play by Dwyane Wade with 2:02 to go. Pierce answered with a layup on the other end and after Chris Bosh and Wade both missed jumpers, Williams sank a jumper to push the lead to four. Bosh answered with a three-point play and after a Williams miss, the Heat got the ball back. However, Bosh threw the ball away and the Heat never got a shot off.
Bosh led the Heat with 24 points and seven rebounds while Wade scored 22 points.
LeBron James shot just six-of-13 from the floor and had 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The win improved the Nets to 33-30 while the loss dropped the Heat to 44-18.