(MIAMI) — Meet the Brooklyn Nets, the only NBA team this season to go undefeated against the Miami Heat.
Rookie Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James’ dunk attempt at the rim with two seconds left, and the Nets hung on to edge the two-time defending champs 88-87 on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Nets (43-34), finished off a four-game regular season sweep of Miami. With time running down in the fourth quarter, James rose up for a dunk attempt and was met at the rim by Plumlee. Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit his hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got a foul call as time expired.
“He grabbed my right hand,” James said after his 29 point, 10 rebound performance. “He didn’t do it on purpose, but he got my right hand.”
Brooklyn became the first team in the last two years to sweep the Heat. Johnson led the way with 19 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 14.
“They’re a good team,” Spoelstra said. “They’re one of the hotter teams since All-Star break. Every single one of these games, however you want to slice it, however you get to that point, there are plays to be made in the fourth quarter. And for whatever reason, they’ve made more plays.”
With the loss the Heat (53-24), saw its lead in the Eastern Conference shrink down to a half-game over the Indiana Pacers. The two teams will meet in Miami for the final time in the regular season on Friday night.
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