Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Saturday, November 17th
Heat91Final
Nets87
Game 2: Thursday, December 20th
Nets107Final
OT
Heat103
Game 3: Friday, February 1st
Nets94Final
Heat85

Nets 107

(11-15, 6-5 away)

Heat 103

(7-19, 3-9 home)

    Coverage: YES

    7:30 PM ET, December 20, 2007

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    NJ 21 20 25 28 13107
    MIA 21 23 26 24 9103

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: V. Carter 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miami: D. Wade 41 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Wade's season-high 41 wasted as Heat fall again

    MIAMI (AP) -- Something about close games has brought out the best in the New Jersey Nets this season, and they proved it again at the expense of the reeling Miami Heat.

    Vince Carter scored 31 points, Richard Jefferson added 29 and the Nets overcame a seven-point deficit late in regulation before beating the Heat 107-103 in overtime Thursday night -- their eighth win in 11 games decided by five points or less.

    "We were able to find a way," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "It was a gutty win."

    For whatever reason, a lot of opposing coaches are saying that after games in Miami.

    Dwyane Wade had his second season-high scoring effort in two nights for Miami -- and saw both wasted in overtime losses.

    He scored 41 points on 15-for-23 shooting Thursday, one night after scoring 37 points in defeat at Atlanta, and couldn't keep the Heat from falling to 3-9 at home.

    At 7-19, Miami is 12 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2002-03 season -- Wade's final college season.

    "You've got to keep believing," Wade said. "You've got to keep playing until you can't play any more. I hope everyone continues to believe. I know I do."

    Former Miami forward Malik Allen scored a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting, Jason Kidd had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Josh Boone scored five of his 11 points in overtime for the Nets.

    New Jersey has excelled in close games and struggled in all others: The Nets are 3-12 in games decided by six points or more.

    "We are a better team than our record is showing," Carter said.

    Udonis Haslem had 18 points and 12 rebounds, including an overtime-forcing jumper on the final play of regulation, for Miami. Dorell Wright finished with 13 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes before fouling out of his fourth straight game, a new career high.

    "It's not from a lack of wanting to win, that's for sure," Heat coach Pat Riley said.

    Down by seven with 4:52 left in the fourth, the Nets nearly found a way to win in regulation.

    Carter's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left put New Jersey up 94-92, but Haslem controlled a low pass from Wade and hit a 19-footer over Kidd as time expired, sending Miami into overtime for the second straight night.

    Wade started the extra period with a steal and dunk, but that would be Miami's only lead of overtime. Allen and Boone scored consecutive baskets midway through the period to put the Nets up by four, and they stayed ahead the rest of the way.

    "I just let the game come to me," Allen said. "I tried to stay focused on the task at hand within the game. I don't think I put any added pressure on myself to try to go out and do something I'm not capable of doing."

    The Heat were without Alonzo Mourning, who was likely lost for the season -- and perhaps his career -- Wednesday night in Miami's overtime loss at Atlanta. Mourning had surgery Thursday to repair torn knee and quadriceps tendons in his right leg.

    Mourning plans to retire after the season.

    Midway through the third quarter, Miami had another injury scare when Wade fell over O'Neal and grabbed his right knee. Wade got up, limping a bit, then proved to all concerned parties that he was just fine.

    Wade cut through the lane for a three-point play, then added a jumper over Jefferson on Miami's next possession. He finished with 17 points in the third, giving him 31 for the game, and the Heat took a 70-66 lead into the fourth.

    Miami's edge was 86-79 after another 3-pointer by Jason Williams with 4:52 left in regulation.

    But the Nets -- the league's lowest-scoring team -- went on a 15-6 run over a 4-minute stretch before Haslem tied it at the buzzer, then pulled away in overtime.

    "Both of us needed this one," Jefferson said.

    Game notes


    Kidd's tip-in with 37.1 seconds left in the half was his 14,000th career point. He's the third player in NBA history with that many points to go with 8,500 assists and 6,500 rebounds, joining Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. ... Wade made his first five shots. ... Heat guard Chris Quinn (left) and Nets forward Antoine Wright (right) both suffered sprained ankles late in the third quarter. X-rays, in both cases, were negative.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NJ
    MIA
    Points 107 103
    FGM-FGA 40-87 (.460) 40-86 (.465)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 20-29 (.690)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-29 7-23
    Assists 23 23
    Turnovers 18 13
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 2 10
    Fast Break Points 12 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 9

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Miami
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 31
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 41
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3