Like Knicks Brooklyn Puts A Chill in Heat

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Updated: January 12, 2014
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Wade sits out with knee maintenance on back to back nights BROOKLYN – Other than sharing All-star weekend for the 2015 All-star Game there isn’t much that the Brooklyn Nets want to have in common with their cross-town rival, New York Knicks. That is if you want to include beating the world champion, Miami Heat on national television. Like the Knicks did on the previous night, the Nets overcame cold 4th quarter shooting with ultimately beat the Heat in double overtime, 104-95. Like the Knicks, 2014 has been pretty good to the Nets who are undefeated in the New Year. Both teams are well below .500 but in the dreadful Eastern Conference, the Playoffs are still pretty much in the picture. The game had its moments of wonder and surprise. LeBron James fouled out of the game for only the sixth time in his career. Joe Johnson went Michael Jordan and scored 22 points in the first quarter. It was nickname on the back of the jersey night so you saw a lot of players go Streetball with the names. The win for the Nets was their 5th in a row (at press time). And it has quieted a lot of the drama that the team was facing. And what was so impressive about the Nets win was that it was without their best players in Deron Williams who’s out with a bum left ankle and staring center, Brook Lopez. Lopez was having a great season before he broke his foot. The Nets had aspirations in meeting and beating the Heat in the playoffs. Thus far this season they have beaten them twice all at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Now only if this winning can continue, the Nets will be in good business. Jerald L. Hoover Jeraldhoover@blackathlete.com

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