|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 11, 2014 at 1:40 AM|
This was a hard foul, but It looked worse in full speed. The New York brought out the broom and the New York sweep is complete of Miami.
"Gutsy. Gutsy," Kevin Garnett said. "I thought we fought for 48-plus minutes."
Paul Pierce scored 23 points but missed jumpers that could have won it at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Still, the Nets remained unbeaten in 2014, adding a victory over the two-time defending NBA champions to their recent wins over Oklahoma City and Golden State.
"It was huge," Livingston said. "We've obviously been playing better as of late. I think our momentum that we were carrying into this game, we're trying to ride that wave."
James had 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but fouled out on an offensive foul with 36 seconds left in the first overtime and the Heat trailing by two.
Miami pushed it to a second overtime without him, but it was all Nets from there against a Heat team that was already missing Dwyane Wade and two other starters.
James was visibly frustrated with his teammates in the first half -- he said he apologized at halftime for his attitude and body language. He was irate when Mirza Teletovic flagrantly fouled him, but nearly overcame all that to help Miami pull it out.
"We're a no-excuse team, but right now we have three starters that didn't play," James said. "Even though we've got a lot of depth, it is hard to make up for three starters being out."
Good win for the Nets, James said no-excuse team, but he gave us one. Sorry Wade wasn't out there racking up the dirty plays that are allowed.
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