Chris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Brooklyn Nets were within range of the Miami Heat until they couldn’t get the ball back Thursday night.
The Nets trailed by eight points with 3:39 to play but proceeded to let Miami have a possession that took 1:40 off the clock and ended with a LeBron James basket, as the Heat disposed of the Nets 94-82 Thursday.
The Heat now lead Eastern Conference semifinal two games to none.
“That one hurt,” Nets head 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 didn’t lose the game for us.”
James had 22 points and Chris Bosh added 18 for the Heat which were in battle most of the night with Brooklyn.
Marcus Thornton’s basket with 6:54 left in the game brought Brooklyn within two points of Miami, but the Heat closed out the game on a 15-5 run to win.
Nets’ start guard Deron Williams went scoreless for the first time since January 2006, going 0 for 9 in the loss.
Mirza Teletovic scored a team-high 20 points in the loss.
Game three is Saturday in Brooklyn. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
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