The Miami Heat's early-season home dominance continued on Wednesday night, as the defending champs smashed the Brooklyn Nets, 103-73, at American Airlines Arena. The Heat moved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 at home, where they have won by an average margin of nearly 18 points per game.
Miami led almost the entire way through, opening up a nine-point lead at halftime before blowing things open in the third quarter. The Heat outscored Brooklyn 29-15 in the third and cruised the rest of the way.
LeBron James nearly notched a triple-double, putting up 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in 30 minutes. Dwyane Wade was brilliant as well, scoring 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Rashard Lewis scored 13 points off the bench for Miami.
Brooklyn lost their second straight game playing without injured starter Gerald Wallace. Kris Humphries had a double-double in the loss, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 boards. Deron Williams led the Nets with 14 points, but he turned the ball over seven times.
Brooklyn dropped to 1-2 on the season.