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Heat Win Double Overtime Thriller to Take 3-0 Lead

The Nets finally proved that they can play with the Heat on Thursday night, battling with the number one seed through two overtimes at the Meadowlands, but they just couldn't hit any shots down the stretch, and the Heat escaped with a three point victory and a 3-0 lead in the series. The Nets had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Jason Kidd missed a shot at the buzzer. They were down 2 at the end of the first overtime and Vince Carter hit a buzzer-beater to send it to a second. After Carter tied the game with a jumper 45 seconds into the second OT, the Nets missed 8 straight shots, and the Heat were able to seal the game with free throws down the stretch. The Nets took 23 more shots than the Heat did, but they shot just 39% from the field, including 3 of 23 (13%) from 3 point range. Kidd finished with a triple-double, and Carter finished just 1 rebound shy of one of his own. Richard Jefferson gave the Nets a huge lift with 23 points and 8 rebounds in 45 minutes, but missed a key lay-up that could have tied the game with 40 seconds to go in the second overtime. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the postseason.