Going 4-0 against a team during the regular doesn’t mean as much as some pundits thought. Behind 22 points, five rebounds and three assists from LeBron James, the Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 Tuesday night to take a 1-0 series lead in their second round playoff series.
The Nets won all four match-ups between the two squads in the regular season.
Ray Allen came off of the bench to score 19 points and Chris Bosh added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The game was billed as another clash between James and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but the Nets’ veterans didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Pierce had eight points and six rebounds while Garnett was held scoreless and pulled down four boards.
The Nets were led by Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, who scored 17 points apiece.
In the first half, the Nets hung with the Heat throughout, trailing by just two after the first quarter after Allen hit a late three-pointer. Trailing by six with time winding down in the half, Williams hit a buzzer-beating three to make it 46-43 at the break. In the second half, the Heat took control of the game, rolling to 33 points in the third quarter quarter. The Nets never got closer than 13 in the fourth quarter. In total, the Heat outscored the Nets 61-43 in the second half.
Game 2 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida is Thursday at 7:00 pm EST and is on ESPN2.