The Brooklyn Nets had an opportunity to make an early-season statement on Friday night as the defending champion Miami Heat trekked to the Big Apple in search for the team’s second win of the season. In response, the Nets sent the Heat home with an overall record of 1-2. After two straight losses, the “fans” of the Heat are already thinking about selling their season tickets — I hope you enjoy my sarcasm as much as I do.
Nonetheless, Miami looked discombobulated to say the least as Brooklyn’s newest stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce made sure that the NBA‘s reigning MVP was uncomfortable from the tip. LeBron James finished the game with 26 points, but a bulk of them came in the fourth quarter when Miami was getting out of its offense to rally back from an early deficit. The bigger issue is the fact that this win gives the new-look Nets a boatload of confidence, which is exactly what Pierce’s crew needed in the early going.
Unfortunately, Nets head coach Jason Kidd was unable to see this victory as he was suspended for Brooklyn’s first two games after getting arrested for a DWI this off-season.