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Miami Heat take a comfortable lead over Brooklyn Nets

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Heat continued their 100% record in this years' play-offs after a comfortable 92-84 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at the American Airlines Arena in Eastern Conference semi-finals.

After the game LeBron James spoke to ESPN stating it doesn't matter who scores for Heat, as long as they score points.

"That's what our team is all about. We don't really care who scores."

Heat got off to a slow start in the first half but bounced back to secure the win as five Miami players hit double figures once again, much to the frustration of the Nets, as Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd commented after the game to ESPN believing his side slipped up.

"That one hurt. We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away."

Brooklyn have done well to reach this far after a thrilling 4-3 victory against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the play-offs, but their run may be short lived unless they can turn it around heading into game three on Sunday at the Barclays Arena.

Considering the buzz that was surrounding Miami, from the tip-off Brooklyn were on the front foot; Shaun Livingston hit eight for the visitors to secure the first quarter 21-15, and considering James played the full quarter, the number six could only put three on the board.

In the second Heat started to find their rhythm, as James scored eight while Rashard Lewis scored a solid six in nine minutes for the hosts to win the second 30-25, but for Brooklyn Mirza Teletovic hit 12 in nine minutes to give the Nets a two point lead at 45-43 going in at half-time.

The Heat weren't looking the same side compared to the first game in the series, as they needed a response and heading into the second half.

But the fans support showed as Miami took the lead and secured the third 24-21; James hit a comfortable seven, while Ray Allen was the points master hitting ten points in four minutes for Miami.

Going into final quarter Miami had a two point lead at 69-67 and were in good rhythm to secure a second win, which they completed in style winning the fourth 25-15; Dwayne Wade hit eight while grabbing three assists, and Mario Chalmers added six to the board.

For Brooklyn meanwhile, Marcus Thornton could only add a spirited six points for the Nets, but it was Erik Spoelstra's men who secured a vital win heading before heading to Brooklyn this weekend.

Jason Kidd may feel as though his side could turn it around, as the next two matches will be at home and the Heat lost both times they visited the Barclays Arena this season, as the Nets had a foothold in preventing Miami clinch the top spot in this years' Conference.

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