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LeBron’s Heat preserve perfect post-season with rout of Brooklyn

The Nets beat Miami 4-0 over the regular season but the hosts ended that run last night.

LeBron James: posted 22 points and had five rebounds.
LeBron James: posted 22 points and had five rebounds.
Image: Lynne Sladky

THE MIAMI HEAT remain unbeaten in the 2014 NBA play-offs, after a 107-86 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets last night.

After sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in their post-season opener, the Heat began their Eastern Conference semi-final series with the Nets in perfect fashion — especially seeing as the Brooklyn franchise went 4-0 against them in the regular season.

LeBron James posted 22 points and had five rebounds, while Chris Bosh’s double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds helped Miami remain unbeaten in five play-off games.

Ray Allen produced 19 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade scored 14 points and had a team-high five assists for the Heat.

Top scoring for the Nets were Joe Johnson and Deron Williams (17 points), while Marcus Thornton posted 11 off the pine.

The San Antonio Spurs opened their Western Conference semi-final series with the Portland Trail Blazers in positive fashion, winning 116-92.

Nets Heat Basketball David Beckham courtside in Miami. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The Spurs had fewer days off than the Trail Blazers, after being pushed to a game seven in their series with the Dallas Mavericks, but showed no signs of fatigue being an issue.

San Antonio were led by French point guard Tony Parker, who produced a game-high 33 points and nine assists, while the Spurs got plenty of value from their bench as each of Marco Belinelli (19), Patty Mills and Aron Baynes (10 each) put up points.

Nets Heat Basketball Source: Lynne Sladky

LaMarcus Aldridge was huge for the losing Trail Blazers, posting 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Damian Lillard contributed 17 points.

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