Nets cool Heat sweep talk by handing Miami first loss

Sun May 11, 2014 1:19am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The NBA champion Miami Heat lost for the first time in the playoffs this season when they were soundly beaten by the Brooklyn Nets 104-90 in Game Three of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Saturday.

It was a first playoff win over Miami for the Nets, who trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.

"We weren't going to panic. We wanted to show them we're not scared of them," veteran Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce, who had 14 points, told reporters.

"Everybody was talking about us getting swept, whispers and stuff, but all they did was hold down home court. It's our job to hold down home court."

Led by guard Joe Johnson, who scored a team-high 19 points, six different players scored in double figures for Brooklyn, who shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from three-point range.

Brooklyn attacked from the outset and made the extra pass, which resulted in open shots, especially from beyond the arc.

The attack was led by point guard Deron Williams, who bounced back from a scoreless Game Two to notch nine points and dish out 11 assists.

"The way they are playing me with two on the ball and coming up at me, I need to make the right plays and get people the ball (and) I think I did that," Williams said.

The Nets also had huge contributions off the bench from forwards Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic as Brooklyn had a 40-25 edge in bench points.   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) with a flagrant foul on Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports