Heat top Nets, take 2-0 lead in series

The Associated Press /

Published May 9, 2014 at 12:01AM

MIAMI — Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat.

And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes — a basketball eternity — without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

“To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, it’s something that’s critical in this series,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Dwyane Wade had 14 points and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory. They will go for No. 9 on Saturday night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3.

For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures.

“That’s what our team is all about,” James said. “We don’t really care who scores.”