The streak is now the longest in the NBA this season, beating the Golden State Warriors, and they are now tied with the 2007-08 Portland Trail Blazers for the longest streak ever by a team without an All-Star (according to ESPN Stats and Information). Their last loss came almost a month ago, on Jan. 14, against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Leading the way tonight was James Johnson, who scored a season-high 24 points, and Goran Dragic with 21 points.
As was the case with the last two games between these teams, the Nets blew a double-digit lead once again in a loss. Brooklyn held a late 18-point advantage at home Jan. 26 and also had an 11-point lead in the first half Jan. 31. This time they yielded 34 points in the fourth quarter to the Heat after being down just two points at the start of the quarter. Miami used an 11-2 run to take control of the game.
Starting guard Dion Waiters missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle and though the Heat certainly could have used him at times tonight, it was once again a collective team effort with Johnson and Johnson combining for 44 points off the bench. Reserve Okaro White also chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds (four of which were on offense). Miami didn’t shoot particularly well from long range, going 7-23 for 30.4% accuracy but it hardly mattered.
Brook Lopez once again provided headaches for the Heat defense with 30 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who have now lost 11 in a row and five consecutive times to the Heat.
Miami will next face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Saturday.