Nets cool Heat, cut East semifinal deficit to 2-1 - NBC Sports

Nets cool Heat, cut East semifinal deficit to 2-1
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BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 10: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets during the game against the Miami Heat during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
May 10, 2014, 10:57 pm

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Paul Pierce scored 14 points, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett bounced back from awful offensive efforts, and the Nets withstood LeBron James' 16-point first quarter, then held him to two baskets over the final three quarters.

Brooklyn, which swept Miami in the regular season, can tie the series with a victory here Monday night in Game 4.

James scored 28 points for the Heat, who hadn't even faced a fourth-quarter deficit in these playoffs before having their eight-game winning streak in the postseason snapped. It was their first loss since Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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