Anyone else feel a little weird seeing Joe Johnson beat the Nets?
The Joe Johnson-less Nets have played well of late and looked to notch their first three-game winning streak of the season Monday night against the Heat, but Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside were both too much for the Nets to handle in the second half.
The Nets lost their sixth consecutive road game and dropped to 21-52 on the season with a 110-99 loss in Miami. Under Tony Brown, they're 11-25, which is surprisingly better than Lionel Hollins' 10-27 record with the team. Not to mention, Hollins had two guys Brown didn't have: Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson.
Former Net hero, Joe Johnson, was contained all night with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting and seven assists. His successor, Bojan Bogdanovic, didn't play much better, and finished the night with nine points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Although Bogie wasn't knocking down the deep ball, neither were his teammates. They shot 3-of-11 from deep, but 53 percent overall -- 54 of the 99 coming inside the paint.
Sergey Karasev had to carry the tough task of covering Dwyane Wade for the night. Wade, known to be a Net-killer, went off for 30 points and nine assists on 14-of-19 shooting. His old pal LeBron shot 13-of-16 against the Nets two games back.
The Nets hung around and trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young were both carrying the team,but the Nets couldn't get stops in the fourth quarter like the previous two games.
Lopez (26 points) and Young (20 points, nine rebounds, three steals) did all they could to keep the Nets alive, but they had their hands full with Hassan Whiteside, who scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and a career-high 27 on the night.
Remember the 54 points in the paint for Brooklyn? Well, the Heat played them in their own game and scored 72 points in the paint. That's one of the few categories the Nets are supposed to win! Losing down low and the poor three-point shooting did them in.
Other than Lopez and Young, Sean Kilpatrick was the only other Net in double figures with 14 points - his ninth straight game in double figures.
It's too bad because with only nine games left, this might have been the last crack at a three-game win streak.
Next up: Orlando Magic, Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
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- Brooklyn Nets vs Miami Heat - Box Score - NBA.com
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- Nets vs. Heat (Video) - NBA.com
- Stoudemire Down the Lane (Video) - NBA.com
- Wade Finds Whiteside (Video) - NBA.com
- Wade to Whiteside (Video) - NBA.com
- Wade's Pretty Post Move (Video) - NBA.com
- Sims to Kilpatrick (Video) - NBA.com
- Young Scores 20 Points (Video) - NBA.com
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- Post Game Plus: Nets fall to Heat, 110-99 (Video) - Ryan Ruoco - YES Network
- Kilpatrick on defensive woes in loss to the Heat (Video) - YES Network
- Lopez on how missed opportunities cost Brooklyn (Video) - YES Network
- Brown blames turnovers for 110-99 loss to the Heat (Video) - YES Network
- Dwyane Wade the superstar in Nets’ Joe Johnson reunion - Brian Lewis - New York Post
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- Nets Winning Streak Ends in Miami - Corey Wright - Brooklyn Nets
- With Dragic sick, Wade and Whiteside lead Miami Heat past Nets - Manny Navarro - Miami Herald