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BEST OF THE NIGHT: Dwyane Wade's resurgence
The Heat's shooting guard skill and talent were called into question by Charles Barkley on Thursday. On Saturday, Wade delivered his answer. His 34 points was a season high.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: Nets in the fourth quarter
Brooklyn is an improved team, but weary legs from a difficult back-to-back—three games in four nights—took a toll in the fourth quarter. The Nets were 2 of 15 from the field, 1 of 9 from three-point range and 6 of 10 from the free-throw line. The Heat outscored the Nets 20-11 in the fourth quarter and 52-30 in the second half.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 4
The Heat only committed four turnovers in the second half. Meanwhile, the Nets had 11 turnovers. Overall, the Nets had 19 turnovers compared to 10 for the Heat.
LINE OF THE NIGHT: Wade had 34 points in 35 minutes. He was 14 of 20 from the field, 1 of 3 from three-point range and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. He also had seven assists without a turnover.
THEY SAID IT
"We got fighters and we don't make excuses. They just had a little more energy than we did in the middle of the third quarter and the whole fourth quarter."
—Avery Johnson, Nets coach
“This was a step forward game for us. It was good to see our guys connected
again. We didn’t necessarily play great basketball in the first half but in
some ways this was our best win. This was our best game in terms of connection,
communication, and commitment to each other. It was good to see guys playing
for each other.”
—Erik Spoelstra, Heat coach
“For me, my goal is to feel
better by All-Star. I worked hard
the last couple days, I didn’t take any time off, and I just really tried to
get my legs under me. Anytime
someone throws dirt on you and tries to say something, you always want to prove
—Dwyane Wade, Heat guard
talked about it, we continue to talk about it and we just have to go out and
make it happen. We are a veteran
ball club, we understand that in order for us to win ballgames, in order for us
to compete and defend our title we have to defend. It is good to see we took care of that tonight.”
—LeBron James, Heat forward on his team's defense down the stretch
“We played well in
stretches. They are a good
team. They’ve been together for
years. It’s a good game for
us. We did the right things at
times. We just have to be more
disciplined. We cannot relax. That’s when we have to get more stops,
execute better, and take care of the ball.”
—Deron Williams, Nets guard
NIGHTLY NOTES FROM THE HEAT STATS DEPARTMENT
—The Heat has won a series-record 12 consecutive regular-season games (15 of the last 16) against the Nets, the longest current win streak for the Heat against an opponent. Miami has won eight consecutive games against the Nets at the AmericanAirlines Arena, also a franchise long in the 99-game series.
—The Heat overcame its largest deficit of the season, just two games after Miami came back from 13 points down in the third quarter to defeat Cleveland. The Heat trailed the Nets by 14 points, 35-21, with 9:39 to play in the second quarter.
—The 30 points by Brooklyn in the second game in the second half are the fewest Miami has allowed in a half this season. The previous low was a 32-point second half also by the Nets on November 7.
—The Heat is 8-0 at home.
—Dwyane Wade scored a season and game-high 34 points, including a season-high 14 field goals made, and also tied a season-high with seven assists. He has scored 56 points in the two games against the Nets.
—LeBron James had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He is tied with Kevin Durant for the league lead with 15 20-point scoring games.