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Heat Hand Nets Their First Loss

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The Nets will not be going 82-0 this season.  The Miami Heat made that clear early in Sunday afternoon's 101-78 victory at the Prudential Center. After Brook Lopez scored on the first possession of the game, Miami took control with a 15-2 run, and never led by less than 13 after the first quarter.

The Nets had 19 offensive rebounds in the game and took 18 more shots than Heat, but shot just 35 percent from the field, while allowing Miami to shoot 62 percent through the first three quarters.

Lopez led the Nets with 20 points, Devin Harris added 13 points and six assists, and Derrick Favors recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds (10 offensive) in 24 minutes off the bench.

The Nets got zero points on 0-for-7 shooting from their starting forwards. LeBron James led the Heat with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Chris Bosh had one rebound to go with his 18 points.  Dwyane Wade had 17, six and seven. In a post-game tweet, James credited the Heat defense: "Continuing to improve step by step! Great Defensive game by Us today! Lock down city!!"

For his part, Mikhail Prokhorov issued a statement just before returning to Moscow: “I am very pleased with the team’s progress and look forward to watching the Nets reach their full potential as the season continues. I had a great time at the games and being a part of all the fun. I’ll be back …”