Monday, May 21, 2018
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Heat takes control in fourth quarter

MIAMI — Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Heat.

And after the Nets went nearly two minutes without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference final.

LeBron James scored 22, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

"To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, it's something that's critical in this series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, which tied a franchise record with its eighth straight playoff victory. Miami will go for No. 9 on Saturday, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3.

For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures. "That's what our team is all about," James said. "We don't really care who scores."

Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 for the Nets.

Nets point guard Deron Williams was 0-for-9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career. "That one hurt," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. "

Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession.

James missed a 3-pointer, and Allen — who led Miami with eight rebounds — maneuvered his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Bosh controlled that board.

And finally, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided. "That was a killer," Johnson said.

Heat 94, Nets 82

BROOKLYN (82): Johnson 6-14 1-2 13, Pierce 5-11 1-2 13, Garnett 2-8 0-0 4, Williams 0-9 0-0 0, Livingston 6-9 3-4 15, Plumlee 1-2 0-0 2, Anderson 1-3 3-4 5, Blatche 0-0 0-0 0, Teletovic 7-12 0-0 20, Thornton 5-10 0-2 10. Totals 33-78 8-14 82.

MIAMI (94): Battier 1-3 0-0 3, James 9-18 4-6 22, Bosh 7-13 3-4 18, Chalmers 4-7 1-2 11, Wade 4-11 6-6 14, Andersen 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 5-8 0-0 13, Cole 2-4 0-0 5, Lewis 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 35-71 14-18 94.

Brooklyn 21 25 21 15— 82

Miami 15 30 24 25— 94

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 8-24 (Teletovic 6-9, Pierce 2-4, Garnett 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Williams 0-2, Thornton 0-2, Johnson 0-4), Miami 10-24 (Allen 3-5, Lewis 2-3, Chalmers 2-3, Battier 1-2, Cole 1-3, Bosh 1-4, Wade 0-1, James 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 51 (Garnett 12), Miami 40 (Allen 8). AssistsBrooklyn 19 (Williams 6), Miami 17 (Wade 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 15, Miami 14. A19,639 (19,600).

LATE WEDNESDAY: Point guard Russell Westbrook had a triple double and the host Thunder beat the Clippers 112-101 to tie their Western semifinal at 1-1. Westbrook had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple double in his past five playoff games. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

CRAWFORD BEST SIXTH MAN: Jamal Crawford of the Clippers received the league's sixth man of the year award for the second time in his career. Crawford, 34, became the oldest recipient and the first to win with different teams. He also received the award with the Hawks in 2009-10.

STERLING'S WIFE WANTS TO RETAIN TEAM: Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership in the team, her lawyer said.

Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, said his client "will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest."

"As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights," he said.

He said Shelly Sterling has no interest in managing the Clippers and wants a new investor group to come in with a professional management team.

O'Donnell said she has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce. There is no record of legal separation documents being filed, though O'Donnell said the couple is living apart.

O'Donnell said he spoke with league officials but declined to elaborate. League spokesman Mike Bass wouldn't comment on the discussions.

Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling from the league for life and urged team owners to force him to sell the Clippers. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments.

WARRIORS OWNER LIKES KERR: Steve Kerr could be interviewed for the Warriors' coaching job, according to co-owner Joe Lacob. Kerr's agent, Mike Tannenbaum, declined to comment on reports the Warriors contacted the former guard and now TNT analyst on Tuesday, the same day they fired Mark Jackson. Kerr, 48, has known Lacob for 20 years.

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