Here are four moments that stood out as the two teams battled one another:
1. The Rook swats The King: LeBron James went up for the game-winning dunk Tuesday night, but Mason Plumlee said: Sorry, LeBron. Not in my house. Plumlee blocked James’ attempt, time expired and the Nets completed a four-game sweep of the two-time defending champion.
2. Livingston’s deflection: With the Heat trailing by one on March 12, Chris Bosh tried to inbound the ball to James on the team’s final possession. Big mistake. Shaun Livingston got his hand on the pass, the clock ran out and the Nets escaped Miami with their first road triumph.
3. Mirza smirks: In the fourth quarter on Jan. 10, Mirza Teletovic wrapped up James as the Heat star was driving to the basket. James felt Teletovic got him in the neck area and it “wasn’t a basketball play.” James got upset at Teletovic and got in his face. Teletovic responded with a smirk. He brought the smirk back after Tuesday night’s game.
4. Pierce sends a message: Paul Pierce's playoff-style foul on James during a meaningless Oct. 17 preseason game set the tone for what was to come during the regular season. “That’s our identity. That’s a message to the league,” Pierce said.
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