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Poor Execution Down the Stretch Foils Nets

For the first time in the series, a game was not decided in the first quarter. Instead, the Nets and Heat were tied after three Friday night at the Meadowlands and it was a two-point game with just over four minutes to go when New Jersey committed three straight turnovers that Miami converted into six points to win the game and take a 2-1 series lead. Vince Carter scored 43 points on 17-of-34 shooting, but tried (and failed) to dribble through a double-team on two straight possessions, and then Jason Kidd threw the ball away with three and a half minutes to go to seal the Nets' fate. Nenad Krstic continued to struggle with his shot, hitting just four of his 14 field goal attempts. Richard Jefferson started the game hot, but scored just two of his 17 points in the second half. The Nets used a 15-0 run in the third to turn a seven-point deficit into an eight-point lead, but Miami responded with a 16-8 run to end the quarter.