The Nets aren't letting off the Heat so easily, as they beat Miami by double digits in game 3 of their second-round playoff series. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
We didn't see this coming.
A playoff game with the NBA champions usually goes down to the final minutes, but in Game 3, the Nets exploded in the third quarter and turned a close game into a 14-point lead after three quarters, thanks largely to the three-point shooting of the entire team, and specifically, Mirza Teletovic. On the strength of that performance, the Nets went on to win Game 3 104-90 and make this a series.
"The playoffs are about timely shots, not shooting the best, and so tonight, as the stats say, when you shoot 60 percent from the three, hopefully, that gives you a chance to win, and tonight, it did," said Nets head coach Jason Kidd.
"We were able to feed off our crowd. I thought we played with a lot of energy from start to finish," said Nets guard Joe Johnson.
LeBron James got off to a great start against the Nets, with 16 points in the first quarter, but the defense tightened from there and James finished with a relatively quiet 28 points.
"Third quarter was the deciding factor for us," James said. "We scored 14 points, and we allowed them to get whatever they wanted, and that's what changed the game around."
"That was our gameplan," said Nets guard Shaun Livingston. "We understand he's going to hit some tough shots, but we want to make him shoot tough shots and play on the perimeter."
The Nets out-rebounded the Heat by 12, and their three-point shooting was outstanding, as they shot 15-25 from behind the arc. Six nets finished in double figures.
"I think we did a pretty good job sharing the ball," Teletovic said. "We attack the paint, want to get in paint, they close, we kick the ball out, it was just, swing it, somebody's always wide open."
"Unfortunately, we got to win one in Miami if we're going to hold down our home court to get the series," said Nets forward Paul Pierce. "So we're just not going to panic, take it one game at a time, come out here in Game 4 with the same intensity, and they'll be ready
The Nets did what they had to do Saturday night. A similar performance Monday night, and we'll have ourselves an interesting series.