The Miami Heat took down the Brooklyn Nets last night 110-99 inside American Airlines Arena!
The win kept the Heat even with Atlanta in the loss column and also gave them a 3-1 season series win over the Nets. Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside spearheaded the Heat attack with 30 points and 27 points respectively. The Heat also got a boost from their two rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. Brooklyn played them pretty well and made a game out of it up until the end of the third quarter, and then Whiteside emerged in the fourth. He caught 3 lobs in a row and just destroyed Brooklyn to the point where he was the only source of offense the Heat needed for a few minutes.
Let’s see how the Heat did with the 3 keys.
- Turn it up: The Heat had 72 points in the paint, 110 points overall, and shot 57%. You could say they played a beautiful offensive game. Everyone was attacking and everyone made sure to move the ball to look for good shots.
- Stop Brook: Lopez had 26 points, but only had 4 rebounds, so he was not much of a factor in the game. The up-tempo pace did leave him looking fatigued at points, which played into Miami’s hands.
- Get Wade going: They did just that. He hurt them from the mid-range and in the paint. He also led some fast breaks and got pretty much whatever he wanted shot-wise. He ended up with 30 points in perhaps his best offensive performance of the season.
The Heat now begin a 3-day trip to Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Portland. They have the ability to win all three games, but they need to be focused and take care of business.