With their backs against the wall, the Brooklyn Nets used a huge third quarter to take control and defeat the Miami Heat 104-90 in game 3 Saturday night to cut the Heat’s series lead to 2-1.
Six Nets players scored in double figures. Joe Johnson led the way with 19 points and six assists while Andray Blatche had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 14 points, Mirza Teletovic and Shaun Livingston scored 12 points apiece and Kevin Garnett had 10.
LeBron James was the star for the Heat, scoring a game-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade had 20, Chris Bosh finished with 12 and no other Heat player scored in double figures.
The Nets won the game at the three-point line, outscoring the Heat by 21 from beyond the arc. The Nets went 15-of-25 (60.0%!) from downtown while the Heat were eight-of-24 (33.3%).
The opening quarter saw the Heat take a 30-29 lead in a surprisingly high-scoring quarter. The Nets, however, took a two-point lead into the break. Then, the Nets absolutely dominated the third quarter, using an 18-7 run to close out the quarter and take a 14-point lead into the fourth. The Nets rolled from there.
Game 4 from the Barclays Center is Monday night at 8:00 pm EST and the game is on TNT.