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Nets Fall to Heat in Ugly Finish to Ugly Season

It's not clear whether they really wanted to or not, but the Heat beat the Nets in double overtime on Wednesday, clinching the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and setting up a first-round playoff matchup with the Celtics.  For the Nets loss meant they finish with the fourth worst record in league history.

With Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Jermaine O'Neal sitting out for the Heat, it was an ugly game. Miami took control midway through the third and led by as many as 13 heading into the fourth. The Nets came back and tied the game in the final minute before Carlos Arroyo put the Heat back up two with a baseline jumper with 16.3 seconds left. Courtney Lee tied it again with a pair of free throws and after a Miami turnover and a Yi Jianlian miss, the game went to overtime.

Yi tied it again with 20 seconds left in overtime and Mario Chalmers' attempt to win the game on the other end was short, extending the game another five minutes. Miami finally came away with an eight-point win as the Nets went scoreless for the first 4:09 of the second OT. The Nets shot 36 percent from the field and turned the ball over 20 times. Yi led them with 23 points, 15 boards and two blocks while Lee finished with 17 and six.  However, Devin Harris, Brook Lopez and Terrence Williams finished with a combined 7-for-28.