NEW YORK | Joe Johnson scored 19 points, and Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Paul Pierce scored 14 points, and Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett bounced back from awful offensive efforts to help spark Brooklyn.
The Nets withstood LeBron James’ 16-point first quarter, then held him to two baskets during the final three quarters.
Brooklyn, which swept Miami in the regular season, can tie the series with a victory in New York on Monday night in Game 4 of the series.
James scored 28 points for the Heat, who hadn’t even faced a fourth-quarter deficit in these playoffs before having their eight-game winning streak in the postseason snapped.
It was their first loss since Game 5 of the NBA Finals.