Williams scores 11, Nets top Heat 108-87

Deron Williams got his first preseason action. LeBron James and

Chris Bosh didn’t need any more.

Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17

points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a

108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

The Nets went 5-2 in the preseason, the Heat 5-3.

Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Jason Terry added 14 for the

Nets, who made 11 of 16 tries from 3-point range in the first half

and eventually led by as many as 31. Brooklyn played without Kevin

Garnett (rest) and Andrei Kirilenko (back).

”I felt really good. I’m happy to be back out there,” Williams

said. ”It was great. I’ve been missing basketball. It was another

step in the right direction.”

Udonis Haslem went 8 for 9 from the field and scored 16 points

for Miami, which got 12 from Mario Chalmers (on 6 for 7 shooting)

and 12 from Ray Allen. Michael Beasley scored 11 for the Heat.

James and Bosh got the night off to rest.

”Well, we’ve got four days,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

”We’ve got four days to get ready. And we’ve had a productive

October so our guys are looking forward to Tuesday.”

The Heat will hoist the franchise’s third NBA championship

banner on Tuesday night before opening the season at home against

the Chicago Bulls. Brooklyn opens Wednesday at Cleveland.

Other than Garnett, the Nets went with their anticipated

opening-night lineup, and all eyes were on Williams – who had been

out for the entire preseason because of a right ankle problem.

He looked good as new.

”He looked good,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. ”He’s gotten

better and stronger. He probably wanted more minutes, but we’re not

concerned about that.”

Williams made three 3-pointers in a span of 67 seconds of the

opening quarter, and he added a short jumper early in the second

quarter before coming out of the game for good.

”Surprisingly, he played with a lot of rhythm,” Spoelstra

said.

The game was tied at 40 with about 6 minutes left in the half –

and over the next 17 minutes, the Nets went on a 49-18 run to pull

away.

NOTES: Heat F Rashard Lewis returned to the team after missing

time because of a death in the family. He scored four points in 21

minutes. … Mason Plumlee had 10 rebounds for the Nets. …

Chalmers had six assists. … Heat G Dwyane Wade had a little bit

of a bloody lip, courtesy of a first-half hit from Pierce. ”I

enjoyed my few minutes of banter with him,” Wade said.