March 6, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (1) goes past New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries (43) in the third quarter at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Nets Vs. Heat: Miami Back On Winning Track With Blowout Win Over New Jersey

The Heat were up by 27 points at halftime against New Jersey, coming out with a vengeance after dropping two straight games out West.

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Nets Vs. Heat Recap: Miami Back On Winning Track, Cruises To 30-Point Win Over New Jersey

After losing two straight games out West, the Miami Heat returned home on Tuesday night to face the lowly New Jersey Nets at American Airlines Arena. The Miami quickly asserted themselves, never letting New Jersey have a chance and jumping out to a 27-point lead after 24 minutes. They would go on to win by 30, closing out the Nets 108-78.

Chris Bosh returned after being away for a death in the family, and the power forward didn't miss a beat, hitting nine of 14 attempts and scoring 20 points in just 24 minutes on the floor. The Heat spread the wealth around, putting six players in double figures and resting the big three with the huge halftime lead. The were absolutely scorching from the floor, shooting 58 percent from the field and 59 percent from behind the arc.

The only concern for Miami was the status of Dwyane Wade, who tweaked his ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Wade said it was no big deal after the game and that he shouldn't miss any time. The Heat now head up to Atlanta on Wednesday night for a division matchup with the Hawks.

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New Jersey Nets Visit Miami Heat: Roster Reports And Starting Lineups

New Jersey Nets:


Center Brook Lopez hurt his right ankle on Sunday, and left Charlotte on crutches.

Center Mehmet Okur is still out with a back problem.

Forward Shawne Williams is out for the season recovering from foot surgery.

Guard Keith Bogans will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

Forward Damion James is out for the year to rehab a foot injury.

Starters: (PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, BPG)

Point guard - Deron Williams (22.6, 3.5, 8.2, 1.1, 0.4)

Shooting guard - MarShon Brooks (13.8, 4.0, 2.1, 1.1, 0.4)

Small Forward - DeShawn Stevenson (2.8, 2.0, 0.9, 0.3, 0.0)

Power forward - Kris Humphries (13.2, 10.6, 1.2, 0.7, 1.2)

Center - Johan Petro (4.0, 3.4, 0.7, 0.4, 0.4)

Key off the bench:

Anthony Morrow plays about 29 minutes per game, fourth highest total on the Nets. Look for that to continue tonight, especially considering the injury bug that has bit New Jersey. Morrow averages 13 points, three rebounds and one assist per game.

Miami Heat:


No injuries to report. Power forward Chris Bosh has returned to the team after missing three games due to a family matter, and will start tonight.


Point guard – Mario Chalmers (11.0, 2.5, 3.4, 1.4, 0.1)

Shooting guard – Dwyane Wade (22.9, 4.3, 4.9, 1.7, 1.3)

Small forward – LeBron James (27.8, 8.4, 6.8, 1.8, 0.8)

Power forward – Chris Bosh (18.4, 8.3, 2.0, 0.9, 0.8)

Center – Joel Anthony (3.2, 4.3, 0.1, 0.5, 1.2)

Key off the bench:

The Heat have a bench full of three point threats. James Jones, Mike Miller, and Shane Battier are all legitimate outside threats, making a combined 91-of-211 from beyond the arc.


New Jersey Nets Visit Miami Heat: Facts And Figures

Season series: Heat, 1-0

GameTime: 7:30 ET

The Heat own a 54-41 lifetime advantage over the Nets in head-to-head matchups. The Nets come into town hot on the heels of Deron Williams NBA season high 57 points in the 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Miami looks to put the brakes on their current two game losing streak.

Common Thread:

Neither team has anyone on the roster that has played for their opponent in tonight’s matchup.

Team Milestones:

Five field goals will move LeBron James past P.J. Brown into 13th all-time with 1,130. Five steals will move him past Jason Williams into 20th, with 195.

11 assists for Mario Chalmers will move him into the Heat’s all-time top 10, passing Steve Smith with 961.

Chris Bosh needs 12 free throws to pass Jamal Mashburn into 17th with 534.

Dwyane Wade needs two free throws to eclipse 4,000 in his career.

With his next three pointer, James Jones will pass James Posey into 13th all-time with 215.

Heat Leaders:

LeBron James – 27.8
Dwyane Wade – 22.9
Chris Bosh – 18.4

LeBron James – 8.4
Chris Bosh – 8.3
Udonis Haslem – 8.0

LeBron James – 6.8
Dwyane Wade – 4.9
Mario Chalmers – 3.4

LeBron James – 1.8
Dwyane Wade – 1.7
Mario Chalmers – 1.4

Dwyane Wade – 1.3
Joel Anthony – 1.2
Chris Bosh, LeBron James – 0.8


New Jersey Nets Visit Miami Heat: Game 38 Preview

Miami looks to start a new winning streak against Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets, tonight at the AA Arena.

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