The Heat will open up the Conference Semifinals against either the Toronto Raptors or Brooklyn Nets. Before we know the final match-up, here's a look at what the season held for both of these match-ups. Click on the score of each game to see our GameStream for it. In a GameStream you can see our preview, check out the GameThread, and read our recaps.
A balanced scoring attack helped the Nets in their home opener defeat the Heat. A furious comeback at the end wasn't good enough for the Heat despite outscoring the Nets by 10 in the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez played in this game as well as Jason Terry.
The Heat overcame a fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, and in overtime both teams only scored 4 points. LeBron, 36 points, fouled out before the first overtime ended, but Norris Cole helped send it into double overtime. The Heat were without Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers and couldn't hold on in double OT. Joe Johnson had 32 for Brooklyn.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter to help push Brooklyn ahead. Teletovic had 17 points and the Nets made 12 three-pointers. Kevin Garnett didn't play, and the Heat knew they let one slip away late.
The Mason Plumlee "block" game is how you remember it, or maybe the Mason Plumlee foul game. LeBron had a chance to win the game but was met at the rim and sent away as time ran out. The Heat started off the game slow and it cost them in the end. The heat were without Wade and Udonis Haslem for this game, and Garnett also missed the game. The Nets became the first team to sweep Miami 4-0 in the regular season since LeBron James joined the Heat.
Heat vs Raptors Season Recap
A poorly played fourth quarter saw both teams combine for 25 points, but saw the Heat come away with the win. 27 from James and 22 from Dwyane Wade led the way for the Heat who did most of their damage in the first half. This was the ninth straight win for the Heat.
LeBron scored 31 to lead Miami to a sweep of the Raptors in the season. The Raptors only scored 32 points in the second half. Without Wade and Ray Allen, the Heat moved into possession of first in the East, at least at this point. This made it 15 straight wins against the Raptors.
That's it. It's clearly two different paths, as the Nets have had success, although not dominant. Three of the four games against the Nets were 1 point losses, while the other was a double OT game. And agains the Raptors, Miami hasn't lost in a long time.
It's clear where the advantage is, but that doesn't mean it's the desired path for the fans. Who would you like to see the Heat play?