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Nets hand LeBron, Heat first loss of postseason

And just like that, we have a series.

LeBron James scored 28 points in 40 minutes, but his Miami Heat fell to Brooklyn, 104-90.
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After cruising through the first round and Games 1 and 2 against Brooklyn, the Miami Heat finally faced a challenge they couldn't overcome Saturday. The Nets made things interesting in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, taking down LeBron James and the Heat, 104-90, to pull within 2-1 in the series.

James scored a game-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. But it was the Nets who were the aggressors, fueled by their home crowd and the daunting proposition of falling behind 3-0 with another poor performance.

Brooklyn was propelled by a balanced attack -- six players in double figures -- and seized control in the third quarter. The Nets hit halftime with a two-point lead but after holding Miami to just 14 third-quarter points, Brooklyn took a 14-point cushion into the final frame. Miami was unable to make a threatening run in the fourth quarter.

James scored just 10 points in the second half and was held without a point over the final 5:16.

The Nets will try to carry their momentum into Game 4 on Monday. For a closer look into LeBron's Game 3, view the slideshow.