2005_04_smourningheat.jpg

Certainly not the Miami Heat, but maybe Kobe Bryant (snicker, snicker)? Despite the fact that Shaquille O'neil was limited to 26 minutes and 14 points because of foul trouble, the Heat had no trouble defeating the New Jersey Nets, 104-87. Filling in for Shaq was former Net Alonzo Mourning, who scored 21 points in only 16 minutes of play. The Nets now trail the Heat 2-0 in the best of 7 series. Looks like it's time for the Nets to reserve those tee times.

The Nets shot a dismal .359 from the field, a mark that the Heat even betted from 3-point range (.385). Miami was .480 from the field overall. Nenad Krstic, one of the lone bright spots for the Nets, had 27 points in the loss. Jason Kidd was a non-factor with only 10 points and 5 assists. Vince Carter scored 21 but was was 6-16, which actually lifted the Nets shooting average.

The Nets look to pick up their first win against the Heat this season on Thursday as their run for the off-season continues.

Photo by AP/Luis Alvarez via Yahoo