The New Jersey Nets were unable to come back from an early 21 point deficit and fell to the Miami Heat 108-94 Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Nets have now lost six in a row and nine of 11 overall.
After getting to within 14 at half and eight early in the third quarter, the Nets just six down in the fourth quarter while Dwyane Wade was struggling with a leg injury. However, LeBron James was still on the floor and dominated both ends of the floor to push the Heat to an easy 14 point victory.
Deron Williams led the way for New Jersey with 18 points and 12 assists. Travis Outlaw had 17 points off the bench while Brook Lopez added 16 points but only had three rebounds.
James paced the Heat with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Wade, though hobbled, was still able to contribute 18 points in just 28 minutes on the court.
Playing without leading rebounder Kris Humphries for the second straight game, the Nets were wiped out on the glass 50-30.
The Nets have just six games left to build a little momentum for next season. They are back in action Tuesday night in Newark against the Minnesota Timberwolves.