MiamiHerald / Five takeaways from the Heat’s 101-95 loss to Nets Friday night at the Barclays Center –Miami’s second loss to Brooklyn in a three-week span.
1. With Hassan Whiteside making an impact early, the Nets adjust with smaller lineup and take another game from the Heat. Whiteside finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks and helped the Heat open a 16-point lead in the third quarter. But the Nets adjusted and went with a smaller and quicker lineup on the floor that sped up the pace and allowed them to erase Miami’s lead by the 8:57 mark of the fourth quarter. The Heat gave up 34 points in the final quarter as the Nets went with a lineup of mostly shooting guards and small forwards led by DeMarre Carroll, who had a career-high 26 points and Spencer Dinwiddie, who slashed his way to the basket twice down the stretch on defensive lapses by the Heat and finished with 15 points.
“We pride ourselves on our defense, and it took us forever in that fourth quarter, start of the fourth, before we got a stop,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was a timeout and several possessions before we settled in and dug in and got a couple in a row. That’s not a winning formula for us. Anyway you look at it, giving up 34 going down the stretch. We would have had enough offense to win if we had a normal Miami Heat quarter, where you hold them under 24 points, whatever it may be.”