Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the 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 and held him to two baskets over the final three quarters in the win at Brooklyn, New York.
"Tonight was the type of urgency we're going to need for the rest of the series," Pierce said, and added, "we're not scared of them."
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 the NBA Finals.
The two-time defending champions were having an easy path to another finals, winning their last four games by double digits. But the Nets shook off the Heat's sizzling start, then held them to 33 points over the middle two quarters to take control.
Mirza Teletovic and Shaun Livingston each scored 12 points for the Nets in their first home postseason victory ever against the Heat. Teletovic made four of Brooklyn's 15 3-pointers.
Spurs 118, Trail Blazers 103: Tony Parker scored 29 points, and San Antonio pulled into a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series against Portland. The teams meet again on Monday at the Moda Center.
Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers recently said it would be difficult for Shelly Sterling to retain ownership of the team. James Jones, a player for the Miami Heat and the team's union representative, took it a step further Saturday. "No, that's not something that's acceptable to us," Jones told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "That's our stance, and it hasn't changed, and it won't." Shelly Sterling is a co-owner of the Clippers and has said she wants to maintain control of the team even though her husband, Donald, has been banned for life from all NBA activities.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.