On November 1st, 2013 something happened in basketball that has not happened in quite a while. It's early in the 2013-2014 NBA season but a lot is probably going to be made over the Miami Heat's first two game skid since January. Still, the Brooklyn Nets sent them from New York suffering their second straight defeat by the score of 101-100.
The Nets maintained control for much of the game in which would result in the Nets first win over the Heat in 13 straight games. Miami tried to make a late game push in order to pull out a win but the ability of both Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson to hit late game free throws put the game out of reach.
Both Johnson and Pierce scored 19 points each to lead Brooklyn. Brook Lopez was the only other player to score in double figures, but the Nets were able to get a combined effort from their entire bench. One key figure is that Brooklyn was 8-16 from beyond the three point line and overall they had a very efficient night of shooting.
LeBron James once again led the Heat with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists on the night. Dwyane Wade, who sat out the game against Philadelphia, added 21 points and 4 assists of his own. Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh also hit double figures as they brought in 12 and 17 points respectively. Ray Allen contributed 12 off of the bench.
This is the first time that the Heat have lost two straight games since last season and some individuals are pointing towards their defense which has allowed key makes in late points of the game.
The Heat have dropped to 1-2 while Brooklyn draws even at 1-1. Brooklyn is heading to Orlando for their next game on Sunday while Miami will welcome in the Washington Wizards on the same day.