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GAME 39: HEAT 108, NETS 78

American Airlines Arena
March 6, 2012

Heat roll past Nets, end two-game slide

MIAMIThe Miami Heat defeated the Nets 108-78 Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.

Despite guard Dwyane Wade not playing the second half, the Heat were in control throughout. Forward Chris Bosh scored 20 points in his first game since missing the past three to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

Forward LeBron James scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half to help offset the loss of Wade, who left in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.


For more, read Tim Reynolds' AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.



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NETS-HEAT NOTEBOOK
TURNING POINT: The Heat led by 13 after the first quarter, but blew the game open with an 18-6 run to start the second quarter. Chris Bosh led the spurt by scoring eight points, including a layup that made it 48-23 with 6:25 left.

HOT/NOT: The Nets fell behind too early. Much of that could be attributed to their poor first-half shooting, where they shot just 38 percent in. The only brief spurt was a 10-2 run late in the third quarter, cutting the Heat's lead to 23.

For more, read Shandel Richardson's NBA.com notebook



NETS NOTES C Johan Petro led the team with 8 rebounds in 28 1/2 minutes, adding 11 points (4-9 FGs)...Four Nets MarShon Brooks, Sundiata Gaines, Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson each recorded 2 assists.



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Deron Williams
26 MIN
16 PTS, 4 AST
7-13 FGs, 2-5 3Ps
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Avery Johnson
On the Heat:

"They were about three steps quicker than us tonight. They played In more of a playoff level, and we played on more of a pre-season level and it showed in their performance. Give them all the credit. This was not one of our better nights and hopefully we will be able to bounce back tomorrow"



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