January 7, 2012
James dominates in return, Heat beat Nets
NEWARK, N.J.—LeBron James returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the Nets on Saturday night despite playing without Dwyane Wade.
Kris Humphries tied a career high with 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 33.7 percent in front of a sellout crowd of 18,711. Deron Williams had 10 points and 10 assists but was just 4-of-16 from the field.
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NETS-HEAT LIVE CHAT
THE STAT: The Nets shot 10-33 from behind the 3-point line. Before the game, Johnson noted that while Brook Lopez (right foot) is sidelined and the team is without a true post presence, they'll need to convert effectively from downtown. They'll have to do better than 30.3 percent to compete with the likes of the Heat.
TURNING POINT: Down by as many as 22 points during the tilt's first two and a half quarters, the Nets pulled within 10 with four minutes remaining in the third, only for a pair of 3-pointers -- one from Shane Battier and one from Norris Cole – to permanently curb any legitimate Nets momentum.
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NETS NOTES G Deron Williams' double-double was his first of the season. He had 7 in 12 games with the Nets last season...Tonight marked the first time this season the Nets had two players rack up double-doubles in the same game...Rookie G MarShon Brooks played 24 minutes after missing Friday's game with a sprained ankle, scoring 12 points (3-7 FGs) while adding 3 steals...The loss was the Nets' eight in a row against the Heat.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
25 PTS, 12 REB
3 STL, 9-11 FT
|On LeBron James:
"We turn the ball over, and he's gone. He is a combination of a tight end, wide receiver (and) running back once he gets two or three steps on you."