Miami at Brooklyn

Nets beat Heat in 2 OTs for 5th straight win

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NEW YORK -- Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

Livingston had two baskets and two blocked shots in the second OT, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists over 51 minutes in a sensational effort while starting for injured Deron Williams.

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.

James had 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Heat, 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.

Norris Cole scored 18 points, but Ray Allen was 2 of 14 for nine points in place of Wade, who rested his sore knees after playing 39 minutes in a loss at New York on Thursday. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers also sat out the game, which featured players on both teams wearing nicknames on their jerseys, a first of its kind in the NBA.

Livingston and Johnson made the first two baskets of the second overtime, then Livingston blocked a shot by Cole.

Pierce followed with a 3-pointer, Kevin Garnett made a jumper and Livingston spun into the lane for a dunk and a 104-93 lead. He had another block on Allen, who finally made the Heat's only basket of the second OT on a wide-open layup with 16 seconds to go.

The Heat came up with the idea to wear nicknames on their jerseys and wanted another team to participate, and the Nets were selected.

So in place of the teams' regular jerseys were ones reading names such as King James and J. Shuttlesworth (for Allen's character, Jesus Shuttlesworth, in the film "He Got Game.")

The Nets wore their road black jerseys with Truth (Pierce) and Big Ticket (Garnett).

Gimmicks are nice but good games are even better, and the Heat and Nets delivered a great one.

Alan Anderson opened overtime with a jumper after going scoreless in regulation, and neither team scored again until Johnson was credited with a basket on a goaltending call to make it 93-89 with 1:39 to play.

But Chris Andersen scored, and with James on the bench, Cole pushed the ball up the court and nailed a jumper with 3.3 seconds to go to tie it. Pierce was way off, and the teams went to a second extra session.

The Nets controlled it, handing Miami a second loss in two nights in the Big Apple and matching their win total for both November and December, with eight games left this month.

Even short-handed, James and the Heat played as though they desperately wanted this one, ripping off a 13-2 run early in the fourth to cut Brooklyn's lead to 80-79. James looked ready to fight when Mirza Teletovic wrapped his arms around James' neck to stop a drive to the basket with a flagrant foul.

Miami finally moved into the lead at 86-84 on Cole's 3-pointer, but it was tied at 89 with 40 seconds left after a free throw by James. The Nets maintained possession from there, keeping the ball after a foul and then an offensive rebound, but Pierce's long jumper rimmed out as time expired.

The Heat are off until Wednesday, when they continue their six-game road trip in Washington. A day earlier, they will visit the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama for winning their second straight NBA championship.

Notes

The teams will also wear the nickname jerseys on March 12 and April 8 in Miami. The Heat will also wear them at home against Boston on Jan. 21. ... The Nets begin a three-game, three-country road trip Saturday in Toronto. They face the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in London, then return home to visit the Knicks on Jan. 20.

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Joe Johnson scores 22 points in the first quarter alone, pouring in 32 for the game in a huge Nets win.  (USATSI)
Joe Johnson scores 22 points in the first quarter alone, pouring in 32 for the game in a huge Nets win. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Miami (27-10)321319254295
Brooklyn (15-21) «33202313411104
MIA:L. James 36 Pts
MIA:C. Bosh 10 Reb
MIA:N. Cole 7 Ast
BKN:J. Johnson 32 Pts
BKN:S. Livingston 11 Reb
BKN:J. Johnson 5 Ast
Players of the Game
MiamiBrooklyn

LeBron James

Shaun Livingston
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
367519115
Miami
N. Cole, PG528-140-027218
L. James, SF4912-2110-1275636
C. Bosh, PF444-92-2102310
R. Allen, SG432-145-64259
R. Lewis, PF295-90-011412
C. Andersen, PF322-30-29024
R. Mason Jr., SG210-33-32103
M. Beasley, PF201-71-24123
S. Battier, SFDid Not Play
J. Jones, SFDid Not Play
D. Wade, SGDid Not Play
U. Haslem, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
J. Anthony, CDid Not Play
M. Chalmers, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8021-2739192495
 42.5%77.8% 
Brooklyn
S. Livingston, PG516-117-8115419
J. Johnson, SG4614-250-045032
P. Pierce, SF447-177-953423
K. Garnett, PF365-82-2103012
A. Anderson, SG351-50-02242
A. Kirilenko, SF220-21-25141
J. Terry, SG181-30-01132
A. Blatche, C144-100-08128
M. Teletovic, PF141-40-00013
R. Evans, PF71-10-03002
T. Taylor, PG10-00-00000
M. Plumlee, PF10-00-00000
D. Williams, PGDid Not Play
B. Lopez, CDid Not Play
T. Shengelia, SFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8617-21492122104
 46.5%81.0% 
Other Games
Wash 66 Final
Ind 93
Det 114 Final
Phi 104
Hou 80 Final
Atl 83
Dal 107 Final
NO 90
Char 92 Final
Min 119
Pho 99 Final
Mem 104
Chi 81 Final
Mil 72
Cle 113 Final
Utah 102
Orl 83 Final
Sac 103
Bos 97 Final
GS 99
LAL 87 Final
LAC 123