Keys to victory: Heat 94, Nets 82

Behind a strong defense, the Heat took a 2-0 series lead as Miami heads to Brooklyn.

LeBron James and Ray Allen outshined the Nets, but the Heat's defense was the story. Miami held Deron Williams scoreless, the Nets point guard's first game without points since 2006.

Heat lock down Nets, Williams

Williams did not score Thursday night for the first time in 702 regular-season and playoff games in which he played at least 15 minutes. The last time he didn't score was Jan. 30, 2006, when he played nine minutes against the Spurs.

Williams was 5 of 8 on jump shots in Game 1, as only three were contested by Heat defenders. On Thursday, all five of his jumpers were contested.

The Heat improved to 34-2 this season when holding their opponent to an effective field goal percentage of 50 percent or worse. The Nets' effective field goal percentage was 47 percent Thursday.

LeBron overcomes Pierce's D

James scored 22 points on 50 percent shooting. He has shot at least 50 percent in each game this postseason. But James struggled when defended by Paul Pierce.

James was 3 of 8 when guarded by Pierce (6 of 10 against all other players and in transition). James' average field goal distance against Pierce was 18 feet Thursday, nine feet farther than his average distance on his other attempts.

Allen outshines former teammates

Ray Allen has outscored his former teammates, Pierce and Kevin Garnett, 32-25 combined in the first two games of the series. Allen is shooting 61 percent from the floor compared with 35 percent for Pierce and Garnett.