Heat have little trouble with Nets, take 2-0 series lead

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Wade had just six points in the game’s first 37 minutes, then eight more in the next three, setting the tone for a grind-it-out fourth quarter from Miami.

“You’ve got to do the little things until you get your opportunity,” said Wade, who finished with seven rebounds and seven assists. “That’s what I was able to do.”

The Heat led 79-77 when Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with 6:21 left — which, had it gone down, would have had the Heat facing a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in these playoffs.

But it missed. And that’s when the Heat found separation for the first time all night, at the most critical point.

James was in trouble with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock and still found a way to get a bounce pass out to Mario Chalmers in the left corner for a 3-pointer. James passed on the fadeaway, deciding it would be a bad shot, and made the decision to send the ball to Chalmers.

“Just get it there,” James said he was thinking.

He got the pass there, Chalmers made the shot, and after a stop on the ensuing Brooklyn trip, Allen hit from the same spot as Chalmers for an 85-77 lead.

“As the game wore on we started picking up the pace,” Allen said. “We started to getting how we play basketball.”

Teletovic kept the Nets afloat. He made his first four 3-pointers, needing less than six minutes to do so after checking in for the first time late in the opening quarter. He had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc by halftime alone, a boost that Brooklyn definitely needed.

And his shots came at big times. Of Teletovic’s five 3s in the first half, three broke ties. His sixth 3 of the game, late in the third, tied the game at 61.

But in the end, Miami was too much.

“This series is far from over,” Johnson said.

NOTES: Trying to save a loose ball in the third quarter, James leaped over a row of people sitting along one sideline, then ran about 10 more rows deep into the stands. … Mason Plumlee had three first-half fouls for the Nets, matching the entire Heat total. Brooklyn didn’t take any free throws until the third quarter. … Miami went scoreless for the game’s first 3:32, its longest drought to open a home game since Feb. 26, 2005 — 443 contests ago. … Nets F Kevin Garnett, who went scoreless in Game 1, had four points but led everyone with 12 rebounds.

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