- Kevin Garnett had just about his creakiest game yet, falling over on one post-up possession, losing track of defensive assignments, and blowing layups right at the rim. He finished with a team-high 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, but shot just 2-8 from the field and 1-6 in the paint. “I’m not happy with my play right now,” Garnett said after the game, visibly disappointed in himself. “I’m trying to get a flow and a rhythm and try to bring something. Something. It’s just frustrating. I’m a worker. I’m going to grind through it. (I have to) continue to work and continue to find ways to be aggressive.”
- The last few minutes discredited everything that happened before it, so it’s easy to lose track of: Marcus Thornton’s hustle around the rim, the way the Nets packed the paint in the first quarter and allowed just 15 points, Mirza Teletovic’s insane shot-making, setting a team record for bench threes in the first half and a team record for total threes in a playoff game, how the Nets played LeBron James for most of the game (well), and the Nets limiting the Heat to 34 points in the paint after they scored 52 in Game 1.
- LeBron James hit a floater over Mason Plumlee at the rim in the second quarter, vindicating himself.
- Seen at the game: Rihanna, who’d been to a couple of first-round games at Barclays Center; Brook Lopez, who walked around the event level of the arena with a woman who may have been golf pro Michelle Wie, and about enough plastic surgery to send all of Miami’s doctors into early retirement.