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#1 von wh3171 , 17.12.2019 08:20

MIAMI -- Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat. [url=http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/asics-shoes-clearance.html]Asics Shoes Australia Cheap[/url] . And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes -- a basketball eternity -- without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals. "To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, its something thats critical in this series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory. Theyll go for No. 9 on Saturday night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3. For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures. "Thats what our team is all about," James said. "We dont really care who scores." Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 more for the Nets. Deron Williams was 0 for 9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career. "That one hurt," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. That one possession when they got four offensive rebounds, it didnt lose the game for us." It was three rebounds, but no matter. It was still a backbreaker for the Nets. Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession. James missed a 3-pointer, and Allen -- who led Miami with eight rebounds -- manoeuvred his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Bosh controlled that board. And finally, almost mercifully, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided. "That was a killer," Johnson said. Wade had just six points in the games first 37 minutes, then eight more in the next three, setting the tone for a grind-it-out fourth quarter from Miami. "Youve got to do the little things until you get your opportunity," said Wade, who finished with seven rebounds and seven assists. "Thats what I was able to do." The Heat led 79-77 when Brooklyns Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with 6:21 left -- which, had it gone down, would have had the Heat facing a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in these playoffs. But it missed. And thats when the Heat found separation for the first time all night, at the most critical point. James was in trouble with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock and still found a way to get a bounce pass out to Mario Chalmers in the left corner for a 3-pointer. James passed on the fadeaway, deciding it would be a bad shot, and made the decision to send the ball to Chalmers. "Just get it there," James said he was thinking. He got the pass there, Chalmers made the shot, and after a stop on the ensuing Brooklyn trip, Allen hit from the same spot as Chalmers for an 85-77 lead. "As the game wore on we started picking up the pace," Allen said. "We started to getting how we play basketball." Teletovic kept the Nets afloat. He made his first four 3-pointers, needing less than six minutes to do so after checking in for the first time late in the opening quarter. He had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc by halftime alone, a boost that Brooklyn definitely needed. And his shots came at big times. Of Teletovics five 3s in the first half, three broke ties. His sixth 3 of the game, late in the third, tied the game at 61. But in the end, Miami was too much. "This series is far from over," Johnson said. NOTES: Trying to save a loose ball in the third quarter, James leaped over a row of people sitting along one sideline, then ran about 10 more rows deep into the stands. ... Mason Plumlee had three first-half fouls for the Nets, matching the entire Heat total. Brooklyn didnt take any free throws until the third quarter. ... Miami went scoreless for the games first 3:32, its longest drought to open a home game since Feb. 26, 2005 -- 443 contests ago. ... Nets F Kevin Garnett, who went scoreless in Game 1, had four points but led everyone with 12 rebounds. [url=http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/new-balance-clearance.html]New Balance Shoes Sale Australia[/url] . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (3) - Early goal against was on the power play. [url=http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/vans-clearance.html]Vans Shoes Australia Cheap[/url] . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. [url=http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/nmd-clearance/nmd-R1-cheap.html]http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/nmd-clearance/nmd-R1-cheap.html[/url] . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell.CHICAGO - For much of the night, it looked as if Jonas Hiller was the only player on the ice for Calgary. The Chicago Blackhawks kept pressuring the veteran goaltender, and he turned them away over and over again.Playing on weary legs at the very end, Hiller stuck around long enough to get his first win for the Flames.Hiller made 49 saves and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting Calgary to a 2-1 victory at Chicago on Wednesday.Tonight was probably not our best effort, but we found a way and worked hard and got better the longer the game went, said Hiller, who began his career with Anaheim and signed a $9 million, two-year contract with Calgary in July.Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames, who were coming off a 3-2 shootout win at Nashville on Tuesday.The Blackhawks controlled the action for much of the game, enjoying a whopping 50-18 advantage in shots on goal. But Hiller was outstanding and Backlund used a wrist shot to beat Corey Crawford on the goaltenders glove side for his first goal of the season.I was happy that we didnt have to go to the shootout, Hiller said. I had a little tired legs there at the end.Andrew Shaw scored in the third period and Crawford had 16 saves in Chicagos first loss in three games.The overtime began with a nice stop by Crawford on Paul Byrons breakaway opportunity just 40 seconds into the extra period. Brad Richards had a chance to win the game for the Blackhawks, but his tip off a nice pass from Duncan Keith went wide.They stole the game, Chicagos Marian Hossa said. We had so many shots after the first period, and we just kept going. We played well, but we couldnt put the puck in the net. Their goalie, he deserves all the credit.The Blackhawks played keepaway for much of the first two periods, but Hiller stepped up and the Flames jumped in front at 11:55 of the second. Joe Colborne won a faceoff with Jonathan Toews and sent the puck back to Wideman, who let loose with a long slap shot that went off the stick of Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk and into the net.That was the only goal until the Blackhawks were successful on their seventh power play with 5:45 left in regulation. With Wideman in the penalty box for hookinng, Shaw tipped Patrick Sharps long slap shot past Hiller for his second goal. [url=http://www.salenikeshoesaustralia.com/asics-shoes-clearance/gel-cheap.html]Asics Gel Shoes Australia[/url]. Chicago had a couple chances for the tiebreaking score in regulation, but was unable to connect. Hiller stopped Patrick Kanes backhander in the final seconds.Our best shots, we probably had six or seven A-plus chances that didnt even get a shot on net, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. We were looking for a better play, missed shot, blocked, too tight or missed the net. Those were the ones that didnt even add up on the scoresheet as far as shots. But those were the quality chances we missed.The Blackhawks outshot the weary Flames 18-2 in the first, but Hillers solid play kept the game scoreless. He stopped an open Kane with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the opening period, and denied Jeremy Morin on consecutive shots in the second.Daniel Carcillo also misplayed a prime opportunity 6 1/2 minutes into the game after Ben Smiths drive and dish created an open side of the net for the winger. Sharp had a nice look in the second, and then slammed his stick against the glass after Hiller made the save.We played with fire, Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. Hills gave us an unbelievable game and our penalty killing I think was the story with Jonas performance.Before Widemans goal in the second, the Flames best scoring opportunity was Byrons short-handed breakaway midway through the first. Byron beat Crawford, but he shot it off the inside of the right post.Calgary had another good look five minutes into the second, but Crawford was there to stop Brian McGrattan.NOTES: LW Brandon Bollig played 7 1/2 minutes in his first game in Chicago since he was traded to Calgary in June. Bollig made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in 2012 and spent three seasons with them. ... Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival (upper body) is back at practice and could return for Saturdays game against Nashville. ... Flames LW Lance Bouma is day to day with a facial injury. Calgary also scratched RW David Jones and D Deryk Engelland with lower-body injuries. ... RW Kris Versteeg (lower body) and D Kyle Cumiskey were the other scratches for Chicago.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap ' ' '

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