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Nets Lose Heartbreaker in Miami

After a hot first quarter in which Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter combined to shoot 10 for 11, the Nets cooled off and trailed the Heat by as many as 11 points in the second half. The Miami lead was 7 with less than two and a half minutes to go when Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter scored 7 straight to tie it with 45 seconds left. After a missed shot and an offensive rebound, the Heat gave the ball to Dwyane Wade, who drew a foul on Richard Jefferson with 5 seconds to go and hit one of two free throws. After a timeout, Vince Carter took the ball to the basket, went body-to-body in the air with Alonzo Mourning and had his shot blocked from behind by Wade as time expired. No foul was called and the Heat came away with a one-point win. The Nets cut their turnovers down and outrebounded their opponents (40-33) for the third straight game, but they recorded only 12 assists on 34 field goals. Carter led all scorers with 32 points on 14 of 21 shooting. Jefferson finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Clifford Robinson missed the game to be with his wife who gave birth to twins.