Chris Bosh added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored
14 points for the second-seeded Heat, who host Game 2 on Thursday.
Mario Chalmers added 12 points for Miami, which shot 56.8 percent
from the field and held a 52-28 edge in points in the paint.
Joe Johnson and Deron Williams scored 17 points apiece for the Nets,
who were 4-0 against the Heat in the regular season. Veteran Paul
Pierce had just eight points as Brooklyn was unable to keep up with
Miami in the second half.
It was a 13-point margin with less than nine minutes remaining
before the Heat began stretching it out. Allen drained two
3-pointers in an 81-second span as the advantage reached 94-74 with
5:33 remaining and Miami’s lead topped out at 23 points.
The Heat led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter before
Brooklyn cut it to 46-43 on Williams’ 3-pointer as time expired in
the half. Miami used a 15-2 burst to open up a 16-point lead with
just over four minutes left in the third before Williams again beat
the buzzer with a 3-pointer to pull the Nets within 79-66 entering
the final stanza.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Heat F Chris Andersen had seven points, four rebounds
and four blocked shots before leaving in the fourth quarter due to a
knee injury. X-rays were negative. … Nets F Kevin Garnett (123
appearances) went scoreless in a playoff game for the first time in
his career. … The 29-year-old James is the youngest player – and
eighth overall – to reach 4,000 career postseason points.
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