Paul Pierce scores 29, Nets pull out the close victory against Heat

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The Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat in a close one, 96-95. This is the third win in a row for Brooklyn (33-30).

Paul Pierce had a strong game, scoring 29 points on 9-12 shooting from the field (5-7 from behind the arc) and 6-7 from the free throw line. Shaun Livingston chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds for Brooklyn as well. Despite the loss, Chris Bosh put up 24 points for Miami on 9-14 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-5 from the free throw line. He also recorded 7 rebounds. LeBron James added 19 points and 7 assists and Mario Chalmers finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

The high-octane Heat offense did not do as well as expected, struggling to score against a bottom-tier Nets defense that ranks just 29th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 219.0. Despite an off game where they tallied 1.014 points per possession, Miami ranks first in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 109.2.

Miami (44-18) has now dropped three straight contests to Brooklyn.

Coming up next, the Nets square off against the Washington Wizards, who are 33-31 on the year. The Heat match up with the Denver Nuggets, currently 28-36 this season. The Nets lost to Washington the last two times they've played. The Heat are 1-0 versus Denver this season.

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