BROOKLYN— Earlier in the day, Jason Terry minced no words when discussing his feelings for the Miami Heat.
“Obviously, it’s always personal with me,’’ he said. “It’s never business. It’s always personal. And that’s just the way I’ve always approached games against the Heat.’’
“Regardless of who’s in those uniforms, it still says the Heat, and it still says they have more championships than I do. So until I catch up, then it’s gonna be personal.”
The Heat just might want to start taking the Brooklyn Nets personally, too, after suffering a loss 104-95 in double OT. The Nets held the Heat scoreless in the second OT until the waning seconds.
And perhaps they will after Mirza Teletovic grabbed LeBron James around the neck with 8:37 left and the Nets up 80-77. The King, who was called for an offensive foul for pushing away Andrei Kirilenko, took umbrage and tried to get at Teletovic, who raised both of his arms to show he meant no harm.
Paul Pierce drew James’ ire in the preseason with a hard foul. And there have been some chippy comments between players from both teams this season.
Terry said he hated the Heat earlier this season. Dwayne Wade said he wasn’t about to sing the Nets’ praises.
For the second time this season the two-time defending NBA champs walked into Barclays Center and shuffled out with a loss. The Nets beat the Heat 101-100 in their first home game.
The surging Nets continued their remarkable turnaround with their fifth straight win. The win lifts the Nets to seventh place in the Eastern Conference at 15-21 overall, 10-9 at home and are 2-0 against the Heat (27-10).
The Nets are three games behind the Toronto Raptors for first place in the Atlantic Division. The only negative: Brooklyn plays at Toronto Saturday night in the second half of a brutal back-to-back.
The game marked the debut of the nickname jerseys. Joe Johnson, who went with JJ, should make that his permanent uniform.
Johnson, who finished with a team-high, 32 points, made his first eight shots and was 11-of-13 shots in the first half, including 4-of-5 on 3’s. It was reminiscent of his 37-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season.
And Shaun Livingston was an absolute warrior, turning in the best game of his career. Livingston had S Dot on the back of his jersey. He should have gone with Living Stun!
He played a career-high in minutes 51 and 11 rebounds, scored 19 points, dished five assists, and drew the offensive foul that disqualified LeBron James in the first OT.
James, who had 16 in the first quarter, finished with 36. He fouled out with 36 seconds left in the first OT, just the fourth time in his career he’s been disqualified from a regular season game and the first since April of 2008.
The Nets opened a 71-59 third quarter lead and entered the fourth up 76-66. But Miami went on a 20-8 run to take an 86-84 lead on a Norris Cole 3 with 2:10 left. Pierce answered with a 3.
The scored was tied at 89-89, when JJ missed a jumper. Shawn Livingston grabbed his 10th rebound of the night and got the ball to Pierce. Instead of getting it back to Johnson, who has won two games this season on buzzer beaters, Pierce tried a stepback jumper that didn’t go.
The Nets and Heat went to OT.
The Nets opened a four-point lead but the Heat surged back. Cole again hit the dagger, a jumper with 3.3 seconds left to force the second OT.>/p>
And before Heat fans bellyache that their team was without Dwayne Wade, who rested his balky knees, Mario Chalmers (Achilles) and Shane Battier (quadriceps), remember the Nets were without Deron Williams (left ankle) and Brook Lopez, who is lost for the season with a broken bone in his right foot.
“This is what you live for to play against the champions,” Terry said Friday morning. “To go out and show them what you can do.
NOTES: The Nickname List: Andray Blatche – Dray Live; Alan Anderson – Double; Brook Lopez - Brooklyn; Deron Williams - D-Will; Jason Terry - JET; Joe Johnson - JJ; Kevin Garnett – The Big Ticket; Mason Plumlee – Plums; Mirza Teletovic – MT3; Paul Pierce – Truth; Reggie Evans – Joker; Shaun Livingston – S Dot; Tornike Shengelia – Tokomotiv; Tyshawn Taylor – Tee_Y.