May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) and Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) both react to a call during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat Shake Off Early Rust, Thump Nets


The Miami Heat didn’t beat the Brooklyn Nets once during the regular season. After Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Miami holds a 1-0 lead after a 107-86 thumping of the Nets. And for much of the second half, it wasn’t even that close.

SPOILER: The regular season doesn’t matter anymore.

Miami, though, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half and as many as 23 in the second half, took a while to get into a groove. After taking a 46-43 lead into the halftime, the Heat erupted for a 33-point third quarter as they outscored the Nets by 10 in that frame. After that, it was pretty much over.

Let’s rundown the highlights.

Here’s LeBron finishing in traffic during the second quarter. Man it’s amazing how much KG has fallen off. Then I remember he’s 37. He finished with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. LeBron, not KG.

LBJ finishes in traffic

 

Here’s LeBron (again) from Chris Bosh. POINT BOSH? AMIRITE??? No…Okay.

LeBron from Bosh

 

This was probably Brooklyn’s best offense on the night. BTW, he did this twice.

And here’s the new Nets “tough guy” duo. Their henchmen, if you will. Oh wait, that’s KG and Paul Pierce…

KG smashes RAY RAY

 

PP smashes Chalmers

 

Just kidding.

Nevertheless, the Heat dominated the Nets in game 1. There’s really nothing you can take away from the opening game that would point to the Nets winning this series.

In addition to LeBron’s 22, Ray Allen dropped 19 points (4-for-7 from three), Chris Bosh scored 15, Dwyane Wade finished with 14 and Mario Chalmers added 12.

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams were the lone bright spots for the Nets, who finished with 17 points apiece.

Game 2 is Thursday night.

 

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