Joe Johnson scored 32 points to help the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Miami Heat, 104-95. Brooklyn (15-21) has now won five straight games.
Johnson went 14-25 (4-6 from three-point range) in a solid outing. Other key players for Brooklyn included Paul Pierce with 23 points and 5 rebounds, Shaun Livingston with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett with 12 points and 10 rebounds. LeBron James had another quality performance for Miami in the loss, putting up 36 points on 12-21 shooting (2-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-12 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Norris Cole contributed 18 points and 7 assists and Chris Bosh finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The high-powered Heat offense did not do as well as expected, struggling to score against a bottom-tier Nets defense that ranks just 30th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 191.0. Despite an off game where they tallied .991 points per possession, Miami ranks second in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 108.7.
This drops Miami (27-10) to 0-2 against Brooklyn on the year.
Coming up, the Nets square off with the Toronto Raptors, who are 17-17 on the season. The Heat match up with the Washington Wizards, currently sitting at 16-18 this year. The Nets are 1-0 versus Toronto this season. The Heat have a 1-0 record against Washington this season.