Friday night proved that their efforts were not wasted.
In an early season clash between two teams who figure to battle for the Eastern Conference, the Nets topped the Heat, 101-100. The narrow victory came after Miami fought back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit.
LeBron James led all scorers with 26 points while chipping in seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. But Brooklyn made just enough plays, as new addition Paul Pierce scored 19 points, including two big late-game free throws.
Pierce was just one of many players added by Brooklyn this past summer. Veterans Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko also joined the roster, giving the Nets one of the stronger starting lineups in the conference.
LeBron got his running mate back for the contest, as Dwyane Wade returned after missing Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. And James did his best down the stretch, scoring 13 fourth-quarter points during Miami's spirited comeback. But it wasn't enough to keep the Heat from losing their second straight game.
Up next for James and Miami is a home date Sunday against the Washington Wizards (0-2).
View the slideshow to see LeBron's night against the Nets in pictures.