The Brooklyn Nets got Deron Williams back and beat the LeBron James-less Heat 108-87 in Miami on Friday night in what is the Nets final preseason game. The Nets finished the preseason with a 5-2 record and, for the most part, accomplished Jason Kidd‘s goals of executing and staying healthy.
The Nets and Heat were even in the first quarter, but the Nets really caught fire with the three-ball and built up a big 64-48 lead by halftime. They kept that going in the third and led 89-62. Everyone was in on it. Paul Pierce was 3-of-3, D-Will 3-of-4, Jason Terry 3-of-3, Joe Johnson 2-of-4, Alan Anderson 2-of-2 and finished, as a team, 17-of-27. The fourth quarter was a battle of the benches and obviously there was no way for the Heat to come back by then.
By the way, on a night where the Nets were red hot from downtown, Andray Blatche only attempted, and made, one three. Blatched finished with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.
D-Will played just over nine minutes, his first nine minutes of the preseason, but he was impressive and looked like he was moving well. He certainly was shooting well as he hit 4-of-5 overall and 3-of-4 behind the arc to finish with 11 points. Just 10 days ago the Nets thought that he could miss the start of the season and after this game it seems that he will likely start in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Terry, who played in just his second game this preseason after knee surgery, looked solid as well. He finished with 14 points with two assists, a rebound and a steal in 16 minutes. Between D-Will and Terry, the Nets are healthier now than at any point in the preseason. Now they just need to get Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) on the court.
Mirza Teletovic continued to struggle. He shot just 1-of-6 from three and 4-of-15 overall as he finished with nine points in 21 minutes.