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Heat, Like Nets, Escape First Round

The second and third seeds will face off in the East sometime in the next few days, and both will be licking some psychic wounds while they wait. The Heat barely escaped the clutches of Andres Nocioni in the same way the Nets just got past Anthony Johnson. Now, both realize it's time to step up or go home. Among ESPN analysts, the Nets are the clear if not unanimous favorite, with Greg Anthony, Chris Broussard and Chris Sheridan all taking the Nets in 6 or 7 games.