The Brooklyn Nets swept the Heat for the first time in 13 years, pulling off the first 4-0 sweep of the 'Big Three' by any NBA team since Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh joined forces. James dominated much of the game, but that didn't stop rookie Mason Plumlee from doing what he does best: dunking.

Plumlee later made the play of the game on James, rejecting LeBron's dunk attempt and saving the game.

 

Tuesday night, unlikely hero and Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee made the play of the game, stuffing LeBron James at the rim on a dunk attempt that would have put the Heat up by one and preserving an 88-87 victory and Nets season sweep.
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Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James at the rim Tuesday night in the final seconds, preserving an 88-87 Nets victory and ensuring the Nets would sweep the season series over Miami. But LeBron James lingered in the tunnel after the game to see a replay of the block, and once he saw the connection between his hand and Plumlee's, he was none too happy:
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Mason Plumlee had his way with LeBron James in the fourth quarter. First, the rookie threw down a dunk over the 'King', then, just minutes later, Plumlee blocked James with seconds left to preserve the team's one-point victory and seal the game.

Shaquille O'Neal officially anointed Mason and Miles Plumlee the new DWF in the NBA: "Dominate White Family." Thanks, Shaq!

 


The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

They did it again. For the first time in the history of the Big 3 era, the Miami Heat were swept in a four-game regular season series.

And somehow, it didn't feel like it would happen. The Nets just seemed a little... off. Passes were caught, but after flying awry. Shots were contested, but a split-second late. The Nets hit just enough bad shots to stay alive. Rebounds bounced off hands. This wasn't an emphatic victory by a strong team, but an incredible run by unlikely heroes. Shaun Livingston's heroics in the last game led to Mason Plumlee's here.

The Nets will likely be the fifth seed and the Heat the first seed. Let's just say a second-round matchup between these two teams is in the cards... And let's hope for it.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Committed a costly, embarrassing turnover to end the first half and threw away another in the third quarter. Didn't attack the basket well and his passes weren't crisp. Missed two crucial free throws near the end. Other than one sweet pass to Mason Plumlee, a forgettable one tonight.

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Nice slam in the first quarter but didn't create as much out of the post as you'd imagine outside of hone hook shot in the third and looked a bit nervous throughout.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

He is so smooth. Goddamn, is he smooth. Hit shots easily in the first half in midrange and out of the post, and then hit a ridiculously tough floater over LeBron James to keep the lead alive.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

After a quiet first half, Pierce came out firing to start the second. hitting two quick buckets and blocking a shot in the first two minutes, before getting hit with two dubious foul calls to give him four, send him to the bench, and enrage him enough to get a technical foul.

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

More spastic than special tonight: had a few moments of defensive ingenuity, but otherwise didn't look in sync.

Alan Anderson SHOOTING GUARD

His drives to the basket went nowhere until back-to-back layups in the fourth quarter. You always appreciate a wing player willing to sacrifice his body with impunity.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

He loves playing the Heat, and you can tell.

Marcus Thornton SHOOTING GUARD

Sacramento did not warn me how instinctual he'd be defensively. He picked off a couple of easy steals in the first half and rewarded himself with shot attempts. Big threes down the stretch. How did the Nets get him for Evans and Terry again?

Mason Plumlee CENTER

1) DUNK ON BRON
2) PUT IN GAME-SAVING LAYUP
3) SWAT BRON
4) EARN A+
5) EARN ADORATION
6) ...
7) SELL ALL THE T-SHIRTS


 

Usually, when a 6'10" NBA center has the ball deep in the post with a wide open basket, he gets the easy 2 points. But Miami Heat center Chris "Birdman" Andersen managed to do the impossible, botching a point-blank layup/dunk attempt. Luckily, we have the power of GIF and can watch Birdman miss layups on an infinite loop.
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Shaun Livingston has had his way with the Miami Heat this season, most notably stealing a Heat inbounds pass at the last second to seal a 96-95 Nets victory.

Livingston's long wingspan is a massive defensive advantage, but his offensive benefits are often overlooked. Livingston uses his long arms to throw down emphatic jams over unsuspecting defenses, and did just that early in the first quarter in the Nets last matchup of the season against the Miami Heat.

Watch as Mason Plumlee finds a cutting Livingston for the power slam as all five Heat defenders stand around the paint, with the best view in the house.

 

Andray Blatche was a late scratch from Brooklyn's rotation due to an undisclosed illness, the team announced today. Blatche attended the team's shootaround, but will not play in the team's final game against the Miami Heat in the regular season.

The Nets have won all three games against the Heat this season, but will try to do so tonight without both Blatche and Kevin Garnett, leaving Mason Plumlee and Jason Collins as the only true center on the team's roster. That'll make for some interesting lineups, perhaps with Mirza Teletovic or even Andrei Kirilenko at center.

Tipoff at 8 P.M.

 

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (AP)

The Miami Heat will be without Dwyane Wade for the seventh straight game as he nurses a sore hamstring, the team announced today. "He was very close to playing tonight, but we’re not going to play him," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The Heat will also be without Udonis Haslem, who's recently started games for them at power forward. Haslem is fighting a stomach virus.

As expected, Kevin Garnett will sit out the first half of the team's back-to-back games in Florida to rest. The team expects him to play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. Garnett returned to the Nets starting lineup Saturday night after missing 19 games with back spasms, shooting 5-6 from the field and pulling down four rebounds in a 105-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Victor Oladipo, Joe Johnson

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According to TMZ Sports, Joe Johnson has been threatened with jail time by a judge for not fulfilling an obligation to Shannon Becton, the mother of his six-year-old son, whose name is Gavin. The report does not use the child's name.

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Jason Kidd (far) and Erik Spoelstra (near) go head-to-head tonight. (AP)

Jason Kidd (far) and Erik Spoelstra (near) go head-to-head tonight. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat face off for the fourth and final time this season, with the Nets looking to pull off something remarkable: a sweep over the defending champions. Tonight looks a bit different than their first three matchups: For the Nets, center Kevin Garnett will sit out to rest on the first half of the back-to-back, while the Heat will be without guard Dwyane Wade.

The Nets are in the midst of a tough playoff race: as the fifth seed, they're 2.5 games back from the division and the fourth-seed Chicago Bulls, and 2.5 games ahead of the sixth-seeded Washington Wizards. With just six games to play, every win could inch them closer to an unlikely home-court advantage.

But how do the Nets match up with the defending champion Miami Heat? Let's take a look. Tipoff at 8 P.M. EST.

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