Heat 109, Nets 106: Miami Outlasts Brooklyn Down the Stretch

The Brooklyn Nets dropped a 109-106 final Sunday at Barclays Center as the Miami Heat scored 14 of the game’s final 17 points in the last 4:07.

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 29 points, shooting 10-for-21 overall and 4-for-9 from 3-point range, plus six rebounds and four assists. Joe Harris had 25 points while shooting 9-for-16 overall and 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

With Miami within three points midway through the fourth quarter, Dinwiddie made two free throws with five minutes to go, then stepped around a Jarrett Allen screen to knock down a top-of-the-key 3-pointer for a 103-95 lead.

After the Heat closed within 103-99, Harris connected for this third 3-pointer of the quarter for a 106-99 lead with 1:45 to go.

A three-point play by Goran Dragic and two Jimmy Butler free throws made it a 106-104 game with just over a minute to go. Butler then made 1-of-2 with 44.8 seconds to go to cut the Brooklyn lead to one point and his pair with 29.7 seconds to go put the Heat up 107-106.

DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, and David Nwaba added 10 points. Allen had 12 rebounds for his fifth straight double-digit rebounding game.

The Heat came into the game leading the NBA in field goal percentage and ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage, but the Nets held them to 38.9 percent shooting overall and 32.4 percent from 3-point range.

The Nets outscored the Heat 18-9 down the stretch of the second quarter to take a 65-58 lead at halftime.

It was all Dinwiddie in the opening minutes for Brooklyn, with the guard scoring 11 of Brooklyn’s first 13 points. Harris then scored seven straight Nets points, and a Prince 3-pointer capped a 13-0 Brooklyn run for a 23-16 lead before Miami pulled in front 32-30 at the end of the first quarter.

With Miami up 49-47, the Nets pulled in front with a 10-4 run capped by a Dinwiddie 3-pointer. Late threes by Harris and Nwaba — with 0.4 seconds to go in the half — had the Nets up by seven at the break.

The Heat evened the game at 71 midway through the third quarter, and there were seven lead changes over the final 5:30 of the quarter as the teams traded baskets before Miami took an 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at 88, Temple scored off this own rebound, then fed Jordan for a dunk. Duncan Robinson connected on a three for the Heat, but Harris answered with a three, then hit another 40 seconds later for a 98-92 Brooklyn lead with six minutes remaining.