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.