NEW YORK — Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and 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, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett bounced back from awful offensive efforts, and the Nets withstood LeBron James’ 16-point first quarter, then held him to two baskets over the final three quarters.
Game 4 in Monday in Brooklyn.
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 the Heat’s first loss since Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
WIZARDS: Point guard John Wall is expected to play in Game 4 against the Pacers today despite a scratch on his right eye.
Wall says Saturday he “could barely see” in the third quarter of Washington’s 85-63 loss to Indiana on Friday night.
He was poked in the eye on a drive to the basket early in the second half.
Teammate Bradley Beal says Wall “said a few times it was bothering him and that he couldn’t really see.”
Wall had seven turnovers Friday.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman says he thinks Wall will be fine today.