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New Coach, Same Story: Heat Run Past Nets in the Third Quarter

Stop us if you've heard this one before. The Nets played well for a half, but a 14-2 Miami run in the third quarter at the Izod Center Monday night turned a five-point lead into a seven-point deficit. The Heat went up by as many as 12 late in the third and held on for a 10-point win. With Kiki Vandeweghe away from the team for personal reasons and John Loyer running the show, the Nets shot just 38 percent from the field, while allowing the Heat to shoot 55 percent. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points, but had just one rebound. Devin Harris finished with 16 points and six assists, while Courtney Lee added 15 points. Terrence Williams was threatening to record a triple-double, but left in the third quarter after turning his ankle.  Williams says he hopes to play Wednesday vs. the Kings, but left the arena wearing a walking boot.  Dwyane Wade had 27 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists for Miami.

Brett Yormark got into a heated exchange with a Nets fan wearing a paper bag on his head between the third and fourth quarters.  Yormark asked the unidentified fan, seated opposite the Nets bench, why he was wearing the bag.  When the fan responded, "Because the Nets are so good", Yormark snapped at him, according to the fan, Chris Lisi of Middletown.