Miami wins series 4-1 (Game 1 of 5)

Miami wins series 4-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6th
Game 2: Thursday, May 8th
Game 3: Saturday, May 10th
Game 4: Monday, May 12th
Game 5: Wednesday, May 14th

Nets 86

(44-38, 16-25 away)

Heat 107

(54-28, 32-9 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    7:00 PM ET, May 6, 2014

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    BKN 20 23 23 2086
    MIA 22 24 33 28107

    Top Performers

    Brooklyn: D. Williams 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miami: L. James 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Nets-Heat Preview

    MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade hardly thinks the regular-season series between Brooklyn and Miami was meaningless.

    The Nets swept the Heat, winning three of those games by a mere point, taking the other in double overtime. That's not exactly a show of dominance from a scoring-differential perspective.

    Doesn't matter, Wade said.

    The Nets won all four, and that has Miami's full attention as the sides get ready to open an Eastern Conference semifinals series. Miami, the league's two-time defending champion, will host Game 1 on Tuesday night.

    "They figured out a way to beat us four times and that hasn't happened," said Wade, the Heat guard who missed two of the four Brooklyn-Miami games this season. "So we've got to crack that code."

    History shows the Heat will struggle in that code-cracking plan.

    This series marks the 26th time that teams will meet in a best-of-seven series after one club went 4-0 or better against the other in the regular season. In each of the first 25 such instances, the regular-season winner also won the playoff matchup.

    Advantage, Brooklyn.

    "I think they know what's coming," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We've seen them four times. I think we have the utmost respect for them and they have the utmost respect for us. Hopefully, it can be a great series."

    The buildup for this started in July, when the Nets added Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and started talking about a championship.

    That got Miami's attention.

    The 4-0 record, that just got even more of Miami's attention.

    "The goal from the beginning when we came in here was to win a championship and we understand that in order to do that, you have to go through the best," Pierce said. "And Miami being that team over the last couple years, we figured this was going to be a test for us."

    It's the fifth time Pierce and LeBron James will be on opposite sides of a playoff series. Pierce won the first two when James was in Cleveland; James has won the last two since coming to Miami, topping Garnett and Pierce when they wore Boston colors.

    To James, this isn't about breaking a tie. He's got bigger goals.

    "It should be very challenging," James said.


    Here's five things to know about the series.

    HELLO, BROOKLYN: James said he realized quickly after the personnel moves last summer that the Nets would find their way into the postseason-contender mix, pointing out Monday that they've gotten here even without injured C Brook Lopez. And while the Nets say that there's no real rivalry with Miami yet, there's clearly some personal scores already involved. "They know my tendencies. I know their tendencies," James said.

    THE 4-0 STAT: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't bringing up his team's 0-4 record against Brooklyn this season much, opting to look more forward instead. "Depends on who you ask," Spoelstra said of its significance. "We're looking at us and how we have to impact the games to give ourselves the best chance to win."

    LIVINGSTON RETURNS: It could be argued Nets G Shaun Livingston owes some of his success to the Heat, since they were the team that lured him back to the NBA in 2008 -- 17 months after he endured one of the more gruesome knee injuries in recent memory. Livingston played in only four games with the Heat before getting waived in what was largely a salary-related move. The Nets are his fifth team since that brief Miami stint, but the Heat still speak highly of Livingston. He's had some big moments already against the Heat this season, and if he has more in the next couple weeks, that's obviously going to be a bonus for Brooklyn.

    KIDD VS. HEAT: Kidd's record against the Heat in recent years has been beyond stellar. Going back to the 2007-08 season, Kidd's teams won 16 of the last 21 games he played in against Miami, and obviously the rookie Nets coach is 4-0 versus the Heat so far this season. Add it up, and that's a 20-5 record of late. But it hasn't always been that rosy: Kidd also had streaks of five, nine and six consecutive losses against the Heat during his playing career.

    LBJ 4K: James is nine points away from becoming the eighth player in NBA history with 4,000 postseason points. Among active players, only Kobe Bryant (5,640) and Tim Duncan (4,735) have more. And five of the top nine active playoff scorers -- James (3), Wade (6), Pierce (7), Ray Allen (tied-8) and Kevin Garnett (tied-8) -- will be in this series.


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    Research Notes

    From Elias: There have been 25 instances in which a team was swept 4-0 or worse in the regular season and then went on to face that opponent in a best-of-7 series in the postseason. The team that swept the regular-season series went on to win all 25 of those postseason meetings.
    The Heat went 0-4 against the Nets in the regular season, but if they don't seem too concerned, it's because they've been in similar situations before. This will be Miami's 4th playoff meeting in the James-Wade-Bosh era against a team it lost 3 or more times to in the regular season. The Heat won each of the 3 previous series.
    From Elias: LeBron James, currently 8th on the all-time playoff scoring list, is just 9 points shy of hitting the 4,000 point mark. He'd be the youngest player in NBA history to hit that number.
    Paul Pierce didn't guard LeBron James much this season. In the first meeting between the two teams in the regular season, LeBron went 2 of 7 with 4 points and 3 turnovers when guarded by Pierce. James would face Pierce on only five plays the next three games. Pierce was one of five Nets players to guard James for at least 10 plays this season. Joe Johnson, Shaun Livingston, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson were the others.
    From Elias: The Miami Heat won Game 1 vs the Nets by 21 points. Teams that win by as many as 20 points in Game 1, win 81% of best-of-7 series. Nearly half (46%) of the series end after 5 games.
    Heat outscored the Nets 52-to-28 in the paint Tuesday, their most paint points scored against the Nets this season. LeBron James had scored as many points in the paint (10) in the first half as the whole Nets team.
    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to hold the Nets to 33% shooting when guarding their man. Nets shot 48.8% when guarded by any other Heat.
    From Elias: Brooklyn is 1st team to lose by 20 or more points to a team after sweeping series of at least 3 games during regular season.
    LeBron James joined Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant Tuesday as the only players in NBA postseason history with at least 4,000 points, 900 rebounds, 900 assists. However, James was the fastest to achieve that milestone, doing it in just 9 postseason appearances.
    In the four regular season matchups against the Nets, the Heat averaged 51.6% effective field goal percentage; Heat's highest effective field goal percentage was 55.2%.

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