Balanced Heat take Game 1, top Brooklyn 107-86

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Balanced Heat take Game 1, top Brooklyn 107-86
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat shoots over Andray Blatche #0 of the Brooklyn Nets during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Mason Plumlee #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots over Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Miami Heat's LeBron James drives against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce shoots around Miami Heat's Chris Bosh in the first quarter during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Miami Heat's Chris Andersen on a defensive rebound in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots over LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Mirza Teletovic #33 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Shaun Livingston #14 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade looks to get past Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche in the first quarter during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets' Shaun Livingston (14) shoots over Miami Heat's LeBron James, left, and Mario Chalmers, in the second half of Game 1 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Nets 107-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh drives around Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce (34) and Kevin Garnett (2) in the first quarter during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson (7) drives to the basket as Miami Heat's Shane Battier defends in the second half of Game 1 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Nets 107-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Deron Williams #8, Kevin Garnett #2 and Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets look on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Jason Kidd of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 6: Former Professional Soccer player, David Beckham, attends Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Chris Bosh #1, LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat line up during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: The Brooklyn Nets huddle during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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BY TIM REYNOLDS
AP BASKETBALL WRITER

MIAMI (AP) -- Turns out, the Miami Heat can beat the Brooklyn Nets.

And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Ray Allen added 19 and the Heat stayed perfect in this postseason by beating the Nets 107-86 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first win for Miami in five meetings with Brooklyn this season.

Chris Bosh scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points and Mario Chalmers had 12 for Miami, which recorded at least one regular-season win against every team except Brooklyn, losing four times by a total of 12 points.

This one was a different story.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson scored 17 points each for the Nets, who got only eight from Paul Pierce and no points from Kevin Garnett in 16 minutes.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.

A 24-9 run in the third quarter blew things open for the Heat, who hadn't played in eight days after sweeping Charlotte in the opening round. James finished 10 for 15 from the field and Allen - who had never faced his former Boston "Big 3" compatriots Pierce and Garnett in the playoffs - was 4 of 7 from 3-point land.

Miami's lead was 55-52 early in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Williams, and every indication was that the Heat and Nets - who played three one-point games and a double-overtime affair in the regular season - were heading down to the wire again.

Not quite.

The Heat took off on the 24-9 run over a 7-minute span, with Bosh scoring the first seven points of that burst to get Miami going. Allen's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 14, James and Chris Andersen (who left in the fourth with a right knee contusion) added two free throws apiece and just like that Miami's lead was up to 79-61.

For Brooklyn, it was a collapse at an unexpected time. The Nets had the best third-quarter scoring differential in the East after Jan. 1, but were outscored 33-23 in that pivotal quarter in Game 1.

It was a hectic news day long before Heat-Nets, with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant being announced as the league's MVP, the firing of Golden State coach Mark Jackson and the NBA saying that Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser would be taking an indefinite leave as part of the fallout related to the Donald Sterling scandal.

And pregame lineup moves by both clubs lent more intrigue. Miami brought Shane Battier - who played 2 minutes, total, in the first round against Charlotte - back into the starting five, while Brooklyn reinserted Shaun Livingston into its lineup after using him off the bench late in the Toronto series.

After never leading by more than seven points against Brooklyn in the regular season, the Heat led by 11 after a drive by James with 3:32 left in the first half. But the Nets closed on a 14-6 run, and Williams' first beat-the-clock 3-pointer of the game sent Brooklyn into halftime down 46-43.

Williams did it again in the third, but that one only got Brooklyn within 79-66.

NOTES: The Heat held a pregame moment of silence for Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay, who died last week at the age of 89. ... David Beckham, who will be bringing an MLS team to Miami, sat next to the Heat bench. ... Livingston was on the court to warm up for the second half with about 10 minutes left in the intermission. Small problem: The rack of basketballs wasn't on the court yet. ... The Nets are 1-9 all-time against Miami in playoff games. ... Miami had not won consecutive Game 1s since the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the 2012 playoffs.

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