Notebook: Heat 103, Nets 73



Posted Nov 7, 2012 11:00 PM

By Shandel Richardson, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets 103-73 Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Guard Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 22 points for the Heat, who shot 52 percent from the field. Forward LeBron James finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists while swingman Rashard Lewis added 13 points off the bench.

After the defense was questioned through four games, the Heat turned in their best performance of the season. They held the Nets to 37 percent shooting, including 3-for-21 from 3-point range.

Miami shook off a slow start before taking control in the third quarter. The Heat got a little help from the 3-pointer, hitting 10-for-24 from the arc.

The Nets were led by Deron Williams' 14 points and three assists.

QUOTABLE: "It is good to see another game of sub-40 percent field goal percentage. Our guys were committing to try and make an impact on that side of the floor. This is two games in a row of making that commitment and we will continue to build that. We are slowly regaining our identity again."

-- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

THE STAT: The Heat continued their streak of unselfish basketball, winning the assist battle 25-12. Wade and Mario Chalmers each had five.

TURNING POINT: The Heat went on a 10-0 run early in the third quarter and the rest was history. A Chalmers 3-pointer made it 64-46 with 7:22 remaining

HOT: So much for Wade being slowed by offseason knee surgery. He added yet another solid performance, doing most of his damage in the second quarter. Wade shot 10-for-14 from field.

NOT: Joe Johnson, who was signed to become the team's top scoring threat, was invisible for the most part. He finished just 4-for-14 from the field with nine points. The bulk of that production came after the outcome was already decided.

GOOD MOVE: The Heat got back to their defensive identity. After allowing the opposition to score with ease the first four games, they finally buckled down on defense. The Nets' two best players, Williams and Johnson, combined to shoot 11-for-29.

BAD MOVE: The Nets failed to capitalize on their height advantage. At first, it appeared the tandem of Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche would have their way on the inside. Then the Heat's quickness took over, at one point using the smaller Udonis Haslem on the 7-foot Blatche.

NOTABLE: The Nets were without forwards Gerald Wallace and Josh Childress, who missed the game because of ankle injuries. Keith Bogans started in place of Wallace for a second straight game ... Center Dexter Pittman and guard Terrel Harris were inactive for the Heat.

UP NEXT: For the Heat, Friday @ Atlanta, Sunday @ Memphis, Monday @ Houston. For the Nets, Friday @ Orlando, Sunday vs. Orlando, Tuesday vs. Cleveland.