Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Nets beat Heat in Game 3

Joe Johnson scored 19 points; Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds; and the Brooklyn Nets handed the visiting 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, then 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 at home Monday night in Game 4.

James scored 28 points for the Heat, who hadn't even faced a fourth-quarter deficit in these playoffs before having their eight-game winning streak in the postseason snapped. It was their first loss since Game 5 of last year's NBA Finals.

Thunder 118, Clippers 112 - Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23, and Oklahoma City outplayed host Los Angeles in the fourth quarter Friday night for a victory and a two-games-to-one lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder in a game that neither team ever led by double digits.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who saw their four-point lead disappear for good early in the fourth quarter. Sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford added 20 points.

Wall should play

Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to play in Game 4 against the Pacers on Sunday despite a scratch on his right eye.

Wall said Saturday he "could barely see" in the third quarter of Washington's 85-63 loss to Indiana on Friday night. That gave the Pacers a two-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

He was poked in the eye on a drive to the basket early in the second half. Teammate Bradley Beal says Wall "said a few times it was bothering him and that he couldn't really see."

Wall had seven turnovers, six assists, and 15 points Friday.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he thinks Wall will be fine Sunday.

Wall wore a contact lens Saturday with a solution on it to help the eye.

- Associated Press

Associated Press
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