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Nets 101, Heat 100

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BROOKLYN -- Brooklyn snapped a 13-game losing streak to Miami and overcame a furious Heat charge in the final three minutes for a 101-100 victory on Friday night in its home opener.

The score was tied 47-47 at halftime, but the Nets (1-1) began the second half on a 24-8 run to go up 71-55.

Brooklyn still led 96-84 when Joe Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 2:47 to go, but a 10-0 Miami run capped by a Mario Chalmers 3-pointer with 18 seconds to play got the Heat (1-2) within two. Deron Williams hit one of two free throws with 18 seconds left, but Ray Allen could only make one of his two on the other end.

Two free throws from Paul Pierce pushed the lead back to four, but LeBron James hit a 3-pointer with four seconds to play to cut it back to 99-98. Johnson hit two free throws to make it 101-98. Bosh answered with two of his own, but the Nets were able to run out the clock.

Pierce and Johnson led the Nets with 19 points, and Brook Lopez added 13. Brooklyn made 8 of 16 3-point attempts, with Alan Anderson going 2 of 2 off the bench.

James led all scorers with 26 points and Wade added 21. Bosh, Chalmers and Allen also finished in double figures, but Miami was outrebounded 40-30.

The defending NBA champions have started the season with two losses in its first three games.

NOTES: Kevin Garnett played 26 minutes in the victory, leaving him seven behind Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place in career minutes in NBA history. ... Brook Lopez's eight rebounds give him 2,405 for his career, passing Keith Van Horn for eighth place on the Nets' career rebounding list. ... Andre Kirilenko was a game-time decision with back spasms but played 12 minutes and scored eight points. ... Dwyane Wade remains seven blocks from breaking Dennis Johnson's career record for blocked shots by a player 6 feet 4 or shorter at 675. ... The Nets travel to take on Orlando on Sunday, and Miami returns home to face Washington.
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