Guard Joe Johnson scored 32 points, 22 of them in the first quarter, as the Brooklyn Nets continued their strong play in 2014 to upset the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 104-95 in double overtime.
Friday night's defeat at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was the second straight for Miami, which lost to the New York Knicks 102-92 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Johnson made 14-of-25 shots from the field and four of his six attempts from 3-point range, while veteran forward Paul Pierce scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Pierce, however, misfired on shots that could have sealed the victory for the Nets at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
Guard Shaun Livingston, who started in place of the injured Deron Williams, also was a major factor in the outcome, scoring 19 points, hauling down 11 rebounds and dishing out five assists for the Nets. He also recorded three blocked shots, two of them in the second overtime.
LeBron James had another big game for the Heat, who were without superstar Dwyane Wade and two other starters, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers.
The four-time league MVP scored 36 points and also had seven rebounds and five assists before fouling out toward the end of the first overtime with Miami trailing by two.
The Heat battled back to force a second overtime, but simply ran out of offensive options without their best player.
Miami scored just six points in the two five-minute overtime periods, the lowest total for a regular-season game in the NBA's shot-clock era, which dates back to the 1954-55 season.
Without James' presence on both ends of the floor, the Nets dominated the second overtime period by a score of 11-2.
Chris Bosh only managed 10 points for the Heat in nearly 44 minutes of play, while Norris Cole was Miami's second-leading scorer with 18 points.
Sharpshooting guard Ray Allen had a dismal night for the Heat, making just two of his 14 attempts from the field and going 0-of-5 from 3-point range.
The Nets, who are a perfect 5-0 in 2014 and improved their record to 15-21, are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Four of Brooklyn's five wins this year have come against teams with winning records.
The Heat fell to 27-10, two-and-a-half games behind the conference-leading Indiana Pacers, who trounced the Washington Wizards on Friday night 93-66. EFE