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MIAMI -- Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat. Victor Oladipo Jersey . And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes -- a basketball eternity -- without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals. "To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, its something thats critical in this series," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory. Theyll go for No. 9 on Saturday night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3. For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures. "Thats what our team is all about," James said. "We dont really care who scores." Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 more for the Nets. Deron Williams was 0 for 9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career. "That one hurt," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. That one possession when they got four offensive rebounds, it didnt lose the game for us." It was three rebounds, but no matter. It was still a backbreaker for the Nets. Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession. James missed a 3-pointer, and Allen -- who led Miami with eight rebounds -- manoeuvred his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Bosh controlled that board. And finally, almost mercifully, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided. "That was a killer," Johnson said. Wade had just six points in the games first 37 minutes, then eight more in the next three, setting the tone for a grind-it-out fourth quarter from Miami. "Youve got to do the little things until you get your opportunity," said Wade, who finished with seven rebounds and seven assists. "Thats what I was able to do." The Heat led 79-77 when Brooklyns Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with 6:21 left -- which, had it gone down, would have had the Heat facing a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in these playoffs. But it missed. And thats when the Heat found separation for the first time all night, at the most critical point. James was in trouble with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock and still found a way to get a bounce pass out to Mario Chalmers in the left corner for a 3-pointer. James passed on the fadeaway, deciding it would be a bad shot, and made the decision to send the ball to Chalmers. "Just get it there," James said he was thinking. He got the pass there, Chalmers made the shot, and after a stop on the ensuing Brooklyn trip, Allen hit from the same spot as Chalmers for an 85-77 lead. "As the game wore on we started picking up the pace," Allen said. "We started to getting how we play basketball." Teletovic kept the Nets afloat. He made his first four 3-pointers, needing less than six minutes to do so after checking in for the first time late in the opening quarter. He had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc by halftime alone, a boost that Brooklyn definitely needed. And his shots came at big times. Of Teletovics five 3s in the first half, three broke ties. His sixth 3 of the game, late in the third, tied the game at 61. But in the end, Miami was too much. "This series is far from over," Johnson said. NOTES: Trying to save a loose ball in the third quarter, James leaped over a row of people sitting along one sideline, then ran about 10 more rows deep into the stands. ... Mason Plumlee had three first-half fouls for the Nets, matching the entire Heat total. Brooklyn didnt take any free throws until the third quarter. ... Miami went scoreless for the games first 3:32, its longest drought to open a home game since Feb. 26, 2005 -- 443 contests ago. ... Nets F Kevin Garnett, who went scoreless in Game 1, had four points but led everyone with 12 rebounds. Doug McDermott Jersey . The Union looked to have grabbed a big win in the 88th minute when Amobi Okugo finally put the hosts in front. But a terrible giveaway by Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi handed Earnshaw the equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time, keeping the Union two points back of fifth-place Red Bull New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Alize Johnson Jersey . -- Adrian Peterson takes a look around the league and sees big money flying everywhere. . With one week left in the regular season, Cornish - voted The Toughest Player To Bring Down - is a leading candidate for the CFLs Most Outstanding Player award. He has rushed for 1,799 yards and could break Willie Burdens club record for rushing yards in a single season with a 98-yard performance against the B.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Saturdays clash with Tottenham will be like a cup final for their title-chasing opponents. With Leicester not playing until Sunday, Spurs have the chance to close the gap on the Premier League leaders to just two points with a win at Anfield, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.And Reds manager Klopp insists his side will be prepared for Tottenham to treat the clash like a must-win encounter. Were looking forward to a really, really important game for both sides, and maybe for Tottenham its something like a final, said Klopp.They need to win to put pressure on Leicester. Its not important for us to think about the situation of the other team, but I think on this occasion, it makes sense for us to think about it.We need to think about it in the sense that its like a cup final, so we have to be ready. Jurgen Klopp expects Tottenham to treat Saturdays encounter like a cup fina; The clash on Saturday Night Football will be the reverse fixture of Klopps first match in charge of Liverpool. That ended 0-0 at White Hart Lane, but the German is expecting a different type of game this weekend.Its a massive difference. I know much more about the players and the club. I know much more about everything, weve had an intensive time. The Tottenham game was really exciting for us, it was a good game, added Klopp.Now everyone knows how strong Tottenham are and its an important game for both sides. Liverpool v Tottenham is never a birthday party. It will be a hard fight. I watch football and I see the brilliant progress of Tottenham, the fantastic development of players. Klopps first game in charge of Liverpool came against Tottenham back in October Liverpool will follow this weekends Premier League clash with the first leg of their Europa League quarrter-final against Klopps former side Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. Mark Jackson Pacers Jersey. The Reds manager insists there is no concern over balancing the Premier League with the Europa League, and says the only game that matters is the one on Saturday.The two tournaments is not a problem for us. A lot of my players had three games this week, so thats always difficult, he added. After Saturday, then we have four days, its nothing to think about. The only game now is Tottenham. Klopp explains why Liverpool arent just focusing on the Europa League Klopp also revealed that striker Christian Benteke will not be able to play against Tottenham, while fellow Belgium international forward Divock Origi is struggling with a muscle problem.There is also concern over Roberto Firmino, who missed Liverpools defeat to Southampton back on March 20 with a hamstring injury and also had to withdraw from the Brazil squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Also See: Lallana wins PFA award Reds may play away from Anfield Lucas nearing Liverpool return Klopp upbeat on Reds chances ' ' '

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