Miami wins series 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Miami wins series 4-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6th
Game 2: Thursday, May 8th
Game 3: Saturday, May 10th
Game 4: Monday, May 12th
Game 5: Wednesday, May 14th

Nets 82

(44-38, 16-25 away)

Heat 94

(54-28, 32-9 home)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, May 8, 2014

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    BKN 21 25 21 1582
    MIA 15 30 24 2594

    Top Performers

    BKN: S. Livingston 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mia: L. James 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nets-Heat Preview

    MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade knows the Brooklyn Nets will have something up their collective sleeves.

    He's just not sure what.

    And there's the challenge of the playoffs. Miami knows Brooklyn will be tweaking something -- maybe lots of somethings -- before the teams meet Thursday night in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, with the Heat holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

    "The biggest thing we're going to have to do is make adjustments to their adjustments, and do it fast," Wade said Wednesday after the Heat practiced. "They're going to come out, obviously, having seen some things that worked that maybe they didn't do much and we have to come out and make adjustments to that."

    The Heat had all the answers in Game 1, shooting 57 percent, getting 22 points from LeBron James to lead a balanced scoring effort and pulling away in the second half for a 107-86 win. After going 0-4 against Brooklyn in the regular season, Miami led virtually the entire way and scored 61 points after halftime.

    The margin looked comfortable. Talk of said margin made Heat coach Erik Spoelstra seem decidedly uncomfortable.

    "They're a veteran-enough group, Brooklyn, to know that the final score doesn't mean anything in the playoffs," Spoelstra said. "It's a long series. Throw that one away, you still have another opportunity to do what you came for. We had very good urgency and focus coming into that same game. We cannot have a letdown."

    Spoelstra's right, of course, in that Brooklyn can get what it came for by winning Game 2 -- for that would give the Nets home-court advantage and quickly change the complexion of the matchup.

    For that to happen, Brooklyn needs to fix quite a bit. But this isn't the first time the Nets are having their resiliency tested.

    Having short memories when things go wrong is typically paramount to a team's success, and the Nets have shown a propensity for forgetting troubled times quickly. They were 10-21 on Jan. 1, then went 34-17 to close the regular season. Plus, in games immediately following a loss of 15 points or more, Brooklyn has gone 12-4.

    The margin in Game 1: 21 points.

    And while Nets coach Jason Kidd was a player on the last team to beat the Heat in a playoff matchup -- Dallas rallied from down 1-0 to win the 2011 Finals -- it's obvious that Game 2 looms large, especially since neither James nor Wade have ever lost a series after going up 2-0.

    "We've been tested, beginning of the season, middle of the season, late in the season and in the first round," said Kidd, whose team has gone 5-8 since finishing off its four-game regular-season sweep of the Heat. "It's nothing new to us. Hopefully we can draw from that experience and help us find a way to win Game 2."

    There were elements of Game 1 that Brooklyn probably liked, such as keeping James in some sort of scoring check, keeping him and Wade mostly off the line (they combined to shoot only two free throws all night) and finishing the evening with only 13 turnovers. But Brooklyn also allowed five Miami players to reach double figures, and that was big.

    "That hurt," Nets guard Joe Johnson said. "Defensively, that's not us, man. We can't let the other guys around LeBron and Wade have 15, 17 points. To beat this team, you can't allow that."

    Johnson and Deron Williams combined to make 14 of 21 shots for the Nets. Everyone else on Brooklyn's roster went 19 of 49 from the floor, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were just 3-for-10 for eight points.

    "Game 2's going to be entirely different from Game 1, with all the adjustments and what-not," Miami forward Shane Battier said. "If you've been around the block long enough, you understand that. What we took away from those four games in the regular season was we didn't play with much energy. We tried to be cool about it. You don't win in the playoffs by being cool. You win in the playoffs by being tough and playing with energy."

    Game notes
    Heat F Chris Andersen, who left Game 1 with a right knee contusion, insisted he would play Thursday. Spoelstra said he's not deciding until then, though. ... James, on Game 2 and how Brooklyn will almost certainly be desperate to avoid an 0-2 hole: "We understand what type of aggression they're going to come with." ... The Nets haven't shot 50 percent in 12 of their last 13 games.


    Research Notes

    The Nets threw everything but the kitchen sink at LeBron James in Game 1, as he attempted a shot against 8 different defenders. James totaled 22 points on an efficient 10-of-15 from the field.
    LeBron James has never lost a playoff series when his team takes a 2-0 series lead. He was 6-0 with the Cavaliers and is 6-0 with the Heat.
    Entering this postseason, 5 defending champions opened the postseason with 6 or more consecutive wins and 4 of those teams went on to make the NBA Finals.
    Kevin Garnett went scoreless for the first time in his 139-game playoff career in Game 1, but he's still making an impact for the Nets this postseason. Brooklyn is 11.3 points per 100 possessions better this postseason with Garnett on the floor than on the bench. However, he's playing only 19.5 minutes per game, about half his career playoff average entering the season.
    Through two games Ray Allen has outscored his former Boston "Big Three" teammates, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, combined. Points by the ex-C's Big Three Game 1 Game 2 Total Ray Allen 19 13 32 Garnett & Pierce 8 17 25
    Paul Pierce guarded LeBron James on 42% of his plays Thursday and held him to eight points. Pierce forced James to take jump shots rather than driving into the lane.

    In Game 1, nine different Nets players guarded James on his field goal attempts.
    Heat struggled to find their shooting touch in the first quarter, shooting 2-of-12 on jump shots. From the start of the second quarter, they shot 53.1% on jump shots.
    For the first time in 663 games, Deron Williams was held to zero points. Let's take a deeper look into his struggles.
    - This is the third time in his career he was held scoreless in a game. In the previous two instances, Williams played a total of 22 minutes and took two total field goals. On Thursday, he played in 37 minutes and took nine attempts.
    - Williams was 5-of-8 on jump shots in Game 1 and only three of them were contested by Heat defenders. On Thursday, all five of his jumpers were contested.
    - Norris Cole was the primary defender on Williams after not defending him once in Game 1. Williams shot 0-of-4 against Cole on Thursday.
    Analysis: Heat improved to 34-2 this season when holding their opponent to an effective field goal percentage of 50% or worse.

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