The Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-90 on Saturday night (May 10) to notch their first win in the second round playoff series. Game 3 was the first one played in New York and the team took full advantage of the crowd energy at Barclays Center. Though they still trail 2-1 in the series, Game 4 will also be played in the friendly confines of home.
Joe Johnson led the team with 19 points and was one of six Nets players to score in double figures. Paul Pierce had 14, Kevin Garnett had 10, and Deron Williams had nine points to help lead the starters. Williams also dished out 11 assists in 40 minutes of action. As a team, they finished the game hitting 52.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range. That included making 15 three-pointers, five of which came from Johnson.
On defense the team also stepped up and held the Heat to just 45.6 percent shooting. LeBron James did finish with 28 points, eight rebounds, and five assists on the night, but it ended up being in a losing effort. Dwyane Wade had 20 points and Chris Bosh scored 12, but it wasn't close to being enough to keep them in Game 3. The Nets really shut down everyone else on Saturday night, though, and didn't allow the game to be in question during the fourth quarter.
Game 4 is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday (May 12) at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets posted an impressive 28-13 record at home during the regular season and they went 2-0 against the Miami Heat there. It shows that the team certainly has an advantage playing in Brooklyn and that the fans could have a big impact on this one. The team also proved that it can compete with the Heat in the postseason.