Final / 2OT
8:00 PM ET, January 10, 2014
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
They've been hot lately, though, and will look to complete a perfect homestand while winning a fifth straight game as they host the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Brooklyn (14-21) has been one of the most disappointing teams in the league under first-year coach Jason Kidd, who has squabbled with assistant Lawrence Frank and was fined for deliberately spilling a drink to delay a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 27.
Brook Lopez is out for the season after having surgery for a broken foot, and Williams has missed the last two games and is expected to miss at least the next two with an ankle injury.
Joe Johnson picked up the slack Wednesday, scoring 27 points to help the Nets end Golden State's 10-game winning streak with a 102-98 victory. They've won the first three on their four-game homestand.
"The confidence is in the fight," said Kevin Garnett, who had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. "Jason's done a great job of just continuing to explain what he wants out of this offense and I think we're picking it up slowly but surely."
Brooklyn, which won five of its first 14 at home before winning its last four at Barclays Center, trailed by as many as 16.
"We got down, but we didn't give in," said Andray Blatche, who had 17 points off the bench. "We continued to fight and we closed it out."
Paul Pierce, who added 11, hopes the Nets' streak is a sign they are turning things around.
"We've just gotta keep building," Pierce said.
Before the team's troubles, Brooklyn beat Miami 101-100 at home Nov. 1 behind 19 points apiece from Johnson and Pierce to end a 13-game losing streak in the series.
The Heat will look to avenge that defeat while bouncing back from Thursday's 102-92 loss to New York that ended their three-game winning streak.
LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 23, but Miami (27-9) played without Mario Chalmers for a second straight game due to a right Achilles strain. Shane Battier sat out a fourth consecutive contest to nurse a strained left quadriceps.
Miami didn't have much to say after the loss.
"They played a great game," said James, who had 26 points in the first meeting with the Nets. "They made some timely shots."
Coach Erik Spoelstra seemed ready to move on quickly.
"All I know about this game is they outplayed us and they earned that win," Spoelstra said.
Wade missed all six of his free throws after sitting out the morning shootaround to rest his knees. He was cleared to play later in the day, but he seemed peeved when asked about his misses at the line.
"I only missed six," Wade said. "I didn't miss 20. It wasn't that damn bad."
Norris Cole was the only other player in double figures with 12, as Chris Bosh went 3 for 10 from the field and scored six points. Bosh is averaging 8.7 points while shooting 30.8 percent over his last three.
He's averaged 12.3 points and shot 38.5 percent in his last four against the Nets.
Last 5 Games
Team Stat Leaders
Miami lost in New York last night. The Heat are 5-1 on zero days rest this season, outscoring opponents by 10.2 points per game. Dating back to the start of last season, Miami is 20-2 (.909 win pct). It would be the best win percentage by any team in NBA history over a 2-season span.[+]
Heat on Zero Days Rest Last 2 Seasons
After entering the new year with a 10-21 record, the Nets have won a season-high 4 straight games, mainly on the heels of improved defensive play. Brooklyn is allowing 97.4 points per 100 possessions during that stretch, a 9.3 point improvement compared to its first 31 games. The Nets are playing at an extremely slow pace over their last 4 games, averaging just 91.5 possessions per 48 minutes. For context, the Memphis Grizzlies have the league's slowest pace at 92.4 this season.[+]
Nets This Season
LeBron James has scored 20 or more points in each of his last 21 games against the Nets, the 2nd-longest streak of 20-point games versus the Nets in NBA history. The only player with a longer streak is Michael Jordan, who scored 20+ points in 39 consecutive games.[+]
LeBron is averaging 25.7 points on 59.2 percent shooting. The only player in NBA history that averaged at least 25 points while shooting 60 percent or better from the field in a single-season was Kevin McHale in 1986-87.
The Heat have already dropped 7 games against teams below .500 this season. Last season, they went 36-4 against teams below .500.[+]
Heat Record vs Teams Below .500
James shot 56.5 percent from the field last season. Should he increase his field goal percentage again this season (currently shooting a career-high 59.2 percent), it would be the 7th straight season he's done so. Lenny Wilkens is the only qualifying player in NBA history that increased his field goal percentage in 7 consecutive seasons and his highest shooting percentage during that streak was 44.0 percent.[+]
LeBron James - Field Goal Percentage Since 2006-07
Deron Williams has missed the Nets last 2 games due to a sprained left ankle. Brooklyn has won each of its last 3 games without Williams after going 2-8 in its first 10 games without him this season.[+]
Nets Without Deron Williams This Season
Joe Johnson's 22 Pts in the first quarter are the 4th-most by a player in any quarter this season. The most in a game?...Joe Johnson vs the 76ers when he blew up for 29 Pts in the 3rd quarter on Dec. 16.[+]
LeBron James was called for his 6th personal foul with 36 seconds remaining in the first overtime. After that the Heat mustered only 4 points for the duration of the game. The Nets went on an 11-4 run, upped their lead and sealed the victory.[+]
Miami Heat After James 6th Foul, Friday
Shaun Livingston played a career-high 51 minutes, scoring 19 points en route to a double-double on Friday. Livingston attacked the Heat using the pick-and-roll to score 7 of those points and tallying 4 assists.[+]
Nets Production off of Shaun Livingston Pick-and-Roll, This Season
ESPN Stats & Information