Nets snap seven game skid with superb second half to best Heat 117-113

Rick Laughland

Things looked bleak for the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night as a potential eight-game losing streak stared the team right in the eyes. Facing a 69-57 halftime deficit, the Nets had their backs against the wall. 

Outscoring the Heat 32-20 in the third quarter helped Brooklyn knot up the game at 89-all heading into the final quarter.  

This was a game the Nets played without Wilson Chandler and Garrett Temple due to injury. Despite playing short-handed, the Nets rallied behind Spencer Dinwiddie's 26 points and 14 assists and Rodion Kurucs' season-high 19 points. 

Taurean Prince added 17 points including the go-ahead hook shot over Jimmy Butler to put the Nets up 116-113 with just over 30 seconds remaining. 

The Nets had no answers for Butler who dropped 33 on 12-of-18 shooting, including nine rebounds. 

Brooklyn assisted on 31 of 45 made field goals and improved its overall shooting by knocking down 48.4  percent of its attempts including 34.1 from 3-point range.