Nets hand Heat first playoff loss

Reuters News
Posted: May 10, 2014 11:07 PM

(Reuters) - The Miami Heat lost for the first time in the playoffs this season when they were soundly beaten by the Brooklyn Nets 104-90 in Game Three of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Saturday.

The Heat, the defending NBA champions, still have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

But for one night at least they had no answer to the Nets, who were 15-for-25 from three-point range.

Joe Johnson was particularly lethal, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc to lead the Nets with 19 points.

The Nets outscored Miami 26-14 in what proved to be the decisive third quarter.

The Heat swept Charlotte in four games in the first round of the playoffs, before beating the Nets in the first two games of the current series.

(Reporting by Andrew Both. Editing by Patrick Johnston)