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Halfway there: Miami tops Nets in Game 2, 94-82



BY TIM REYNOLDS
AP BASKETBALL WRITER

MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 on Thursday night.

Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory.

Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, Paul Pierce had 13 and Joe Johnson added 13 more for the Nets.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Brooklyn.

It was a two-point game midway through the fourth, but back-to-back 3s by the Heat opened some breathing room. And then a marathon possession for an NBA team - 100 seconds - sealed the deal for Miami.

Teletovic scored with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. The Nets didn't get the ball back until 1:59 remained, after the Heat got three offensive rebounds to extend the possession and Wade found James for a layup that put the Heat up 89-79.

Just like that, it was over.

Wade had just six points in the game's first 37 minutes, then eight more in the next three, and that helped the Heat hang on to a far-from-comfortable lead.

With Miami up 79-77, Brooklyn's Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with 6:21 left - which, had it gone down, would have had the Heat facing a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in these playoffs.

But it missed, and maybe coincidentally, the Heat picked that moment to find some separation for the first time all night.

After Thornton's miss, James was in trouble with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock and still found a way to get a bounce pass out to Mario Chalmers in the left corner for a 3-pointer. After a stop on the ensuing Brooklyn trip, Allen hit from the same spot as Chalmers for an 85-77 lead.

Looking for more offense, the Nets found it from perhaps an unlikely source: Teletovic.

He made his first four 3-pointers, needing less than six minutes to do so after checking in for the first time late in the opening quarter. He had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc by halftime alone, a boost that Brooklyn definitely needed.

And his shots came at big times. Of Teletovic's five 3s in the first half, three broke ties. His sixth 3 of the game, late in the third, tied the game at 61. Back and forth they kept going, with James just overpowering Livingston in the post late in the period to break the game's 15th tie and put Miami up 69-67 entering the fourth.

Teletovic's impact was maybe a surprise.

Brooklyn's better commitment to defense early was not.

Miami was scoreless for the game's first 3:32, the longest Heat drought to open a home game since Feb. 26, 2005 - 443 contests ago. And that set the tone for some serious offensive struggles in the early going, with the Nets scoring only 21 points in the first quarter and still leading by six when the period was over.

James had only three shots in the game's first 21 minutes, then closed the half on a 4-for-4 flurry and Miami went into the break trailing 46-45.

NOTES: Trying to save a loose ball in the third quarter, James leaped over a row of people sitting along one sideline, then ran about 10 more rows deep into the stands. ... Mason Plumlee had three first-half fouls for the Nets, matching the entire Heat total. Brooklyn didn't take any free throws until the third quarter. ... Miami shot 6 for 18 in the first quarter, 12 for 18 in the second. ... Nets F Kevin Garnett, who went scoreless in Game 1, had four points.

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belldn3 May 08 2014 at 10:27 PM

Go Heat!

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cq198128 May 09 2014 at 2:16 AM

6 wins away??Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't there still an eastern conf series?that you have to at least win 4 games,so the two games they have to win to get to the conf finals plus those 4 are 6,they need another 4 wins in the finals to get there 3rd straight ring,please correct me if i am wrong.Whi is the idiot that put this on the home page for everyone to see the mistake??

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willielau May 09 2014 at 2:43 AM

"Miami is six wins away from claiming its third straight NBA title...." is not correct. It's 10 wins away!?

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samedayrepo willielau May 09 2014 at 4:44 AM

the actual AP artical does not say how many games or finals and so on, just talks about the latest game/

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babb39 samedayrepo May 09 2014 at 7:50 AM

"Halfway there".....what do think that means? The headline on AOL that you click to get hear said Miami is 6 wins away...

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jdsept willielau May 09 2014 at 9:16 AM

"Halfway there" means halfway to the FINALS it does not mean winning the finals which is where Miami is. The article mentions nothing about the Finals only about the Eastern Conference which again is where Miami is halfway from winning it. Nowhere in the article is your quote " Miami is six wins away from claiming its third straight NBA title...."
You assume what is not there then try to quote something that is not there.

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TOOTER May 09 2014 at 3:21 AM

the writer's were assuming the west conference would forfeit!!!

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jas TOOTER May 09 2014 at 4:03 AM

They probably should, less wear and tear on everyone, as long as James plays everyone else goes home.

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hugh4u2 jas May 09 2014 at 8:11 AM

WRONG queen james will be going home with his girlfriend wade soon after they lose

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patriot1too May 09 2014 at 4:58 AM

After the recent reverse discrimination scheme against Mr. Sterling we could really care less about the NBA. They are no longer important to most Americans due to their extreem
political correctness.

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jdsept patriot1too May 09 2014 at 9:08 AM

Really? YOU were appointed to speak for most Americans? When? Odd those playoff arenas are full and TV ratings are fine. Reverse discrimination, when Sterling was called on making racial slurs? Odd, Sterling is only defended on faceless blogs not in public media when names and faces can be connected. I see nobody publically defending Sterling, from any political side or various media outlets.

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Don Murphy patriot1too May 11 2014 at 4:27 AM

Moronic comments from someone who can't even spell "extreme." Go purchase a remedial spelling guide and then get lost.

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cgangler May 09 2014 at 6:26 AM

NBA History? Bulls won the championship 3 times in a row TWICE

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j5hurk cgangler May 09 2014 at 6:41 AM

yea and celts did 11 out of 13 yrs

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ekarlh1 cgangler May 09 2014 at 6:43 AM

Wrong. Do your research. Boston Celtics won 17 championship. They won seven years in a row. Second runner up is LA Lakers. They won 16 championship.

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David May 09 2014 at 6:27 AM

This Reporter should not be doing lead stories - he is either a homer for the heat or an idiot. Six wins away? And where is your editor? Makes it impossible for me to read rest of story...no credibility.

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j5hurk David May 09 2014 at 6:40 AM

this is not eastern con champ theres one more round right so put it up to 10 thats if they can do it hope not

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Don Murphy May 09 2014 at 6:41 AM

Heat are halfway to the Eastern Conference championship, not the NBA championship. Embarrassing bit of idiocy on AOL's part with that obvious error.

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smittycop Don Murphy May 09 2014 at 8:12 AM

Ummm. For once AOL is correct it takes 12 wins to get to the finals, the Heat have 6. So they are half way there.

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Don Murphy smittycop May 11 2014 at 4:15 AM

Uh, no. The clear implication of the lead-in to this article if you paid attention to it was that the Heat are halfway to their third straight NBA championship and NOT simply halfway to their fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals. Get it now?

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lacyelle May 09 2014 at 8:07 AM

where is the Article on the San Antonio Spurs? they on their way to their 5th championship.

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no_freedomof_speech lacyelle May 09 2014 at 8:36 AM

You wont see it becouse the NBA WANT THE HEAT TO WIN

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jsuperbowl6 lacyelle May 09 2014 at 1:50 PM

If they beat the Heat, that would be awesome, but lets face it, we saw this before, they will just beat down the old age of the Spurs and it will be over.

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billybuttlooker May 09 2014 at 8:41 AM

JUST LIKE THE YANKEES THE HEAT ART BUYING THE CHAMPIONSHIP

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