Published November 20, 2014
LeBron James scored 32 points, dished out nine 90.
James (ankle) and Dwyane Wade (foot) both missed Miami's triple-overtime win over the Hawks on Thursday. Wade was held out for a third straight game on Saturday.
Miami has won three in a row to improve its NBA-best record to 8-1.
James did it all for Miami in the first quarter, going 7-for-7 from the floor for 22 points. His personal 11-0 run late in the period gave the Heat a 25-12 margin with 2:11 left.
The Nets shot just 31.8 percent from the field in the period, compared to a 55 percent effort from Miami. The visitors took a 31-18 lead into the second.
Holding a 48-33 lead with three minutes left until half, the Heat went on a 7-0 burst. James Jones bookended the spurt with a jumper and three-pointer to make it a 55-33 contest. The score was 57-35 at the break.
Down 61-37 early in the third quarter, the Nets put together a 19-5 run to get back in the game. New Jersey had four three-pointers during the surge to cut the gap to 66-56 with 4:27 left.
But Shane Battier and Norris Cole made back-to-back three-pointers to give Miami a 72-56 edge. The score was 78-64 after three periods.
The Nets outscored the Heat by a 26-23 margin in the fourth.
Miami swept a three-game series with New Jersey a year ago and has won eight straight, 11 of 12 and 15 of the past 19 meetings between the teams. The Heat are unbeaten in the last five games at the Nets...New Jersey center Mehmet Okur (back) and forward Damion James (foot) missed the game...Miami shot 50 percent from the floor...The Nets turned the ball over 22 times, leading to 26 Miami points.