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Miami Heat get swept by the Brooklyn Nets

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Brooklyn Nets recorded a season sweep against Miami Heat last night after recording their fourth straight victory against Erik Spoelstra's side to win the game 88-87 at the American Airlines Arena.

The Nets got off to a flyer winning the first quarter 26-14; Joe Johnson putting seven points on the board while sinking 100% of his field goal attempts, with Mason Plumlee managing two assists, one of which was a nice play with Deron Williams to set up Livingston for a two pointer.

LeBron James played the full quarter but could only manage six points for Miami.

In the second, the Heat bounced back and won the quarter 29-18; Norris Cole and LeBron James both scoring seven points for Spoelstra's side, while Rashard Lewis managed six playing 12 minutes.

The Nets meanwhile let their lead slip as going into half-time the Heat were only a point shy of taking the lead, as James recorded 13 points in the first half while Joe Johnson scored 11 for the visitors.

But last night Miami were missing Dwayne Wade and it showed, as in the third James led the charge again putting nine points on the board to win the quarter 22-18, it seemed as though Heat were going to break the Brooklyn curse leading 65-62 going into the fourth quarter, but that wasn't written in the script.

Marcus Thornton played the whole quarter and recorded 11 points for the Nets, with both Plumlee and Joe Johnson adding a combined eight points to the scoring.

LeBron James scored another seven points for the Heat and had a chance to win the game in the dying seconds of the match, but Plumlee prevented him.

With eight seconds left on the clock, the number six picked up Chris Andersen's pass and went for a classic dunk but the centre stood in his way, blocked the dunk, and made history for The Nets while James was left furious there was no call for the foul.

Jason Kidd's men haven't lost to Heat this season, but they have left it close on three of the last four occasions beating the Heat by one point.

But speaking to ESPN after their emphatic win, Kidd brought up the Plumlee block and stated that's how game goes.

"That's just basketball. You have the best player in the world going against a rookie and we got lucky."

The 24-year-old was picked in the 2013 NBA Draft having signed a professional contract in July, and in his rookie season the Indiana born centre has played 65 games for The Nets and has recorded on average 6.9 points every game so far this season.

Miami meanwhile have lost two of their last four games in April, with speculation mounting that Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and James may leave at the end of the season.

They have some tough encounters remaining against the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, and second place in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers.

The Nets have challenging encounters set upon them against the likes of the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers; all teams desperately fighting for a play-off place.

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