Updated: Sunday, 11 May 2014 12:12 | By Agence France-Presse

Nets cool off Heat

The Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first defeat of the NBA playoffs, beating the two-time defending NBA champions 104-90.


Nets cool off Heat

Andrei Kirilenko (back-C) of the Brooklyn Nets tumbles to the court with Norris Cole of the Miami Heat near Chris Anderson (R) and Ray Allen during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal at the Barclays Center on May 10, 2014 in New York City - by Timothy A. Clary

The Nets trimmed their deficit in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series to 2-1, and have a chance to pull even when they host game four on Monday.

Joe Johnson led a balanced Brooklyn attack with 19 points, one of six Nets players to score in double figures. But it was the Nets defense that keyed a dominant third quarter in which the Nets held the Heat to five-of-19 shooting from the floor and out-scored the champions 26-14.

That turned Brooklyn's two-point halftime lead into a commanding 77-63 advantage.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James scored 28 points for the Heat, but only 12 after the first period. Dwyane Wade finished with 20 points for Miami.

Chris Bosh added 12 points for Miami, but their reserves contributed just 25 in defeat.

Brooklyn, meanwhile, got a solid effort from their reserves in the win over a Heat team that had won eight straight post-season games.

That streak included victories in the final two games of the 2013 NBA Finals, when they defeated San Antonio for the title, a four-game sweep of Charlotte in the first round and back-to-back home wins against the Nets to open this Eastern Conference semi-final set.

Andray Blatche came off the bench and scored 15 points with 10 rebounds in just under 20 minutes. Mirza Teletovic added 12 points and made a trio of three-pointers in the third quarter.

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