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Nets gain ground in series with Heat

NBA Playoffs

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers drives against Brooklyn Nets guards Shaun Livingston (14) and Deron Williams in the second period during Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game on Saturday in New York.

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NEW YORK — Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Paul Pierce scored 14 points, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett bounced back from awful offensive efforts, and the Nets withstood LeBron James’ 16-point first quarter and held him to two baskets over the final three quarters.
Brooklyn, which swept Miami in the regular season, can tie the series with a victory here Monday night in Game ...


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