Heat finding other ways to score, go 2-0 up on Nets

Fri May 9, 2014 12:04am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Miami Heat delivered another strong performance on defense to beat Brooklyn 94-82 on Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven National Basketball Association Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Miami, who are now 6-0 in the postseason, broke clear of the Nets in the final quarter. Brooklyn shot only 42 percent from the field.

In Game One on Tuesday the Heat held Nets center Kevin Garnett scoreless for the first time in his career.

On Thursday it was Nets point guard Deron Williams who suffered the same fate, held without a point after missing all nine of his shots from the floor.

"We're just doing what we can to keep him in front of us as much as we can," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the defense on Williams.

The Heat were led by LeBron James, who had a game-high 22 points on nine-of-18 shooting from the field, but this was not the sort of high-powered offensive show fans are used to seeing from Miami.

The Heat got just five points on the fast break after getting four in the opener.

"It's the playoffs," Heat guard Ray Allen said. "We've been a great fast-break team and scored a lot in transition. But teams are loading up and making sure they get back on transition defense. So we have to score in other ways."

The Nets will try to get on the board in Game Three in Brooklyn on Saturday. If not, the series could be over very quickly.   Continued...

May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports