Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory Friday night.
Deron Williams got his first preseason action. LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t need any more.
Paul Pierce drove his shoulder right into LeBron James, a postseason foul in a preseason game. A message to the NBA champions? “It’s a message to the league,” Pierce said.
After capturing a second-straight NBA championship, everyone is still chasing the Miami Heat and that chase may be about to pick up steam in Brooklyn.
The Boston Celtics will play at the TD Garden for the first time Friday night since the events of the Boston Marathon.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had not played together in a couple of weeks, so the Miami Heat needed some time to get back into rhythm.
The Miami Heat have spent much of the last two weeks without Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, or Chris Bosh in the starting lineup. But, Friday night the Heat will have its Big Three on the court against the Boston Celtics, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It’s not like there’s any extra motivation needed for the Miami Heat, but the Boston Celtics may have added a little bit of fuel to the Heat’s fire with recent comments about the Heat’s 22-game winning streak.
Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead jumper with 31 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-98 in double overtime Sunday after learning that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo was out for the season with a knee injury.
LeBron James got his ring, then got cramps.