The NBA gods have been smiling down on New York basketball since the start of the new year. Both the Brooklyn Nets (15-22) and the New York Knicks (14-22) continue their winning ways, and fortunes seem to be changing for both teams.
On Friday night, the Nets pulled out a tough victory over the Miami Heat (27-10) in double-overtime 104-95. Both the Nets and the Heat wore nickname jerseys that night, and to match that theme, I will be referring to the players by their nickname.
S Dot (Shaun Livingston) was the man of the night, playing a complete game for 51 minutes in place of the injured Deron Williams. He scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. He was all over the court, and had huge blocks on defense which contributed to the Nets win.
The Heat only scored six points in both overtime periods, the fewest ever in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) in a game that went at least two overtimes. King James (Lebron James) fouled out with about 30 seconds to go in the first overtime, the first time that has happened since 2008. The Heat only managed to score two points in the second overtime without him.
The Nets were up by two at the moment of King James’ ejection, but Cole Train (Norris Cole) was able to push the ball up the court and hit a jumper with 3.3 seconds left in overtime.
In the second overtime, the Nets pulled away. S Dot and JJ (Joe Johnson) hit the first two baskets to give the Nets a four-point lead. On the next possession, S Dot blocked Cole Train, then Truth (Paul Pierce) hit a three to give the Nets a seven-point lead and full control of the game.
The defending champions leave New York City losing at the Garden on Thursday, and at the Barclays Center on Friday. Nets increase their winning streak to five-games.
Key Stats: Joe Johnson led the Nets with 32 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 23 points and 5 rebounds. Shaun Livingston had a double-double, 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Garnett (Big Ticket) had a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Lebron James led the Heat with 36 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Norris Cole had 18 points and 7 assists. Rashard Lewis (Sweet Lew) had 12 points. Chris Bosh (CB) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Key Notes: Mario Chalmers didn’t play due to an achilles injury. Dwayne Wade was rested and didn’t play. Shane Battier didn’t play due to injury. Deron Williams continues to recover from an sprained left ankle.
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