James looked forward to his first visit to the new Brooklyn arena, and it showed once he settled in. After shaking off a sluggish start, James exploded in the third quarter to turn a tied game at the half into yet another rout of the Nets. James didn't need the extra motivation, but Nets forward Reggie Evans provided some anyway with those foolish comments before the game.
Another effective offensive game from Wade, who bounced back from that 6-for-20 shooting effort in Sunday's loss to Boston. Yet even with that relative stinker from the field, Wade continues to be on fire since that Jan. 14 loss in Utah when he was held out the entire fourth quarter. His turnovers are up, too, but Wade is attacking instead of waiting for the offense to come to him.
Bosh battled through a sore left foot that left him questionable before the game. The injury obviously impacted Bosh's mobility, but he was able to anchor a front line that won the rebounding battle against the much bigger and grittier Nets. Credit him for showing up, although Bosh likely won't be able to live down being victimized on Joe Johnson's crossover pull-up jumper.
During a highly productive stretch in the second quarter, Andersen showed just why the Heat extended his stay with a second 10-day contract. Andersen's energy around the basket created second-chance opportunities and his ballhandling on that driving layup was a pleasant surprise. In a brief stint, the Birdman showed more promise than any Heat "big" other than Bosh.
The Nets had their eight-game home-court winning streak snapped in Wednesday's loss to the Heat, who have won 13 straight in the series between the teams. Deron Williams wasn't at full strength and Brook Lopez, who was added to the East's All-Star roster earlier in the day, couldn't carry the team after a dominant second quarter to tie the game at entering the half.