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Nets Can't Hold Heat Down for Long, Drop Fourth Straight

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The Nets gave a better showing than they did in their first game against the Heat, but they couldn't keep the big three under wraps for more than a quarter and a half and fell in Miami 101-89 on Saturday night. High point for the Nets might have been a flagrant foul by Terrence Williams on LeBron James.

TWill said the foul meant to send a message that the Nets need to be tougher. LeBron's response: "Do we play New Jersey again? Just once. I’ll be ready for it."

The Nets led most of the first half and were up by four midway through the second quarter. The Heat took the lead with a 14-2 run, but the Nets kept it close until a 12-2 Miami run made it an 18-point game late in the third...not long after TWill's flagrant.

Anthony Morrow was the only Net who had it going offensively, scoring 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Williams filled the boxscore with seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and Derrick Favors added 11 points and five boards. But Brook Lopez struggled for the second straight night, missing 11 of his 16 shots and grabbing just three rebounds in 31 minutes. And the other three starters combined for just 19 points on 6-for-21 from the field.

The Heat shot 49 percent and were led by Dwyane Wade, who finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds.