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Part of the theory on how to defeat the Heat is to zone them, make them shoot jumpers and just make sure you outrebound the Heat.

Well, the Nets played zone. The Nets outrebounded Miami, particularly working the offensive boards, getting a 19-5 edge in that stat.

And yet the result was the same as Friday's against the Magic, a lead never smaller than 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Granted, it was just the Nets, but if it's height that people think will be the Heat's downfall, it's clearly not going to be something the team can't overcome.

For two games in a row, a quality big man put up impressive numbers in the first half, first Dwight Howard then Brook Lopez, then did little to nothing in the second half.

Probably the most encouraging part of Sunday afternoon's game was the play of Bosh, who had been struggling with his shooting in the first three. He was 8 of 10 for his 18 points, all of it looking smooth and under control.

Other interesting numbers from the game:

7: assists from both Wade and LeBron. They both should average about that number for the season.

12: points for Carlos Arroyo, along with four assists and five rebounds. No, he's not ideal, but you have to give him credit for learning how to play with that lineup. He's taking shots with confidence, and even hit a three-pointer Sunday.

4: Blocks for Joel Anthony. He now has six blocks on the season to just two shot attempts. If that ratio stays true for the season, it will probably be some sort of all-time record.


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