MIAMI — The Miami Heat got what they had expected from the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series: a tougher test.
And the Heat passed.
LeBron James scored 22 points and Chris Bosh added 18 to lead the Heat to a 94-82 victory on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Miami holds a 2-0 series lead with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Saturday and Monday in Brooklyn.
After winning Game 1 by 21 points, Heat players said they expected a more physical effort from the Nets. That proved true through three quarters, after which Miami led 69-67.
The Heat stepped up their defense and used an 8-0 run — including 3-pointers from Mario Chalmers ad Ray Allen — to go ahead 87-77 with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Nets never really threatened after that.
Allen, who had 19 points and four rebounds in Game 1, again played an important role for Miami. The veteran sharpshooter finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.