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Nets F Thaddeus Young Out with Knee Strain

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young has a left knee strain that will keep him out of Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Young was injured late in the third quarter of the team's win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night. The injury occurred after he ran into Hornets guard Gerald Henderson. Young immediately fell to the floor in pain. He was then helped to his feet before he limped to the locker room under his own power.

The team also announced Young is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 26-year-old Young was traded to the Nets this season by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's played in 18 games for Brooklyn, averaging 13.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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Nets Lose Williams to Fractured Rib

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams is out indefinitely with a fractured rib, the team announced Thursday.

The 30-year-old Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's game against Miami. He then sat out Monday's loss to Dallas but returned for four minutes in Wednesday night's loss to Boston before having to leave the game because of the injury.

Williams had an MRI that revealed a fracture in the left 12th rib.

"Deron reported some soreness above this area over the weekend and as a result underwent imaging studies on Monday, which were negative," Team physician Riley Williams III said in a statement. "Yesterday during the game, he reported a new onset of symptoms below the prior area of soreness. New imaging studies done today demonstrated the fracture. There is no timetable for his return."

Williams has played in 32 games this season, averaging 13.9 points, three rebounds, and 6.3 assists per contest.

Williams' rib will be re-evaluated in a week.

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets outscored the Miami Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win it 104-90 Saturday night, to take Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

"To sum it up, they outplayed us. They outplayed us, particularly in that whole second half," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat now lead the series 2-1, although the Nets broke Miami's eight-game postseason winning streak. 

"We wanted to show them we're not scared of them," Nets veteran Paul Pierce said after scoring 14 in the win. "Everybody's coming out and saying 'the series is over,' talking about us getting swept. I'm hearing whispers and stuff and I'm like, no need to panic."

And the Nets didn't. LeBron James scored 16 points in the first quarter but only 12 after that. Brooklyn was also hot from 3-point land hitting 15 of 25 from downtown.

Joe Johnson led Brooklyn with 19 points and Andre Blatche added 15 and 10 rebounds

Game 4 is Monday night in Brooklyn. Tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"It's one," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But I liked the energy, the activity."

Ray Allen added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who blew the game open with a 24-9 run in the third quarter.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points in a losing effort for Brooklyn. Kevin Garnett went scoreless in a postseason game for the first time in his career. He grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

"This is the defending champs," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "It's always going to be at a high level and we've got to find a way to match it."

Game 2 will be played on Thursday night in South Beach.

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Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for Heat

Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Paul Pierce was brought to Brooklyn for veteran leadership and clutch plays this offseason and delivered in Brooklyn's 104-103 win in Game 7 against Toronto.

Pierce only had 10 points, but blocked Raptors guard Kyle Lowry on the final play of the game to punch their ticket to the second round of the playoffs with a matchup against the Heat on Tuesday.

The Nets were up 100-93 with under three minutes remaining after Joe Johnson nailed a jumper, but Toronto quickly erased that lead to give Lowry a chance to win the game.

Johnson finished with 26 points and Marcus Thornton added 17 off the bench for Brooklyn.

"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Pierce said. "I saw him split the defenders, I saw him go up, I went up with him.

"I got my hand on the ball -- game over."

Lowry scored 28 in the loss and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 18 in the loss.

The Nets were 4-0 this season against the Heat.

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Raptors Hold Off Nets' Rally, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) --  Kyle Lowry scored 36 points as the Toronto Raptors held off the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Toronto led by as many as 26 points in the second half, but the Nets made a ferocious comeback in the fourth quarter. The game was tied twice late before Lowry's three-pointer put the Raptors ahead for good.

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 30 points. They scored 44 points in the final frame, but lost their final chance when Andray Blatche fired a pass well over Deron Williams' head into the backcourt for a turnover with the team down two.

"Shaun (Livingston) made a great play to keep the ball alive," Blatche said. "I tried to get the ball out to (Williams) so he could get the 3 and take the game home. (Lowry) ran out and was forcing me to make a tougher pass and I threw it in the backcourt."

The Raptors led 94-72 with 11:23 remaining, but the Nets scored 15 of the game's next 18 points to get right back into it.

"Every mistake you could think about, we made in the fourth quarter," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Game 6 will be played on Friday night in Brooklyn. If the Nets manage to win, they'll head back to Toronto on Sunday for Game 7.

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Nets Fend Off Late Raptors' Rally, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Brooklyn Nets fend off the Toronto Raptors, 102-98 Friday night, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series.

The Nets led 93-78 with 4:02 remaining in the game, but the Raptors proceeded to go on a 13-2 run to whittle the lead to four with 1:07 remaining in the game.

DeMar DeRozan then completed an old fashioned 3-point play to cut the Nets' lead to one with 34 seconds remaining. But the Raptors never got any closer, as Pierce and Johnson sealed the game at the line to clinch a Nets victory.

"It feels good to win, but at the same time you know you can be a lot better," said Pierce, who finished with 18 points. "I'm looking for down the road, I'm looking for when it's like that Game 6 or 7, if we're ever in that situation with this team, it's going to come to those little things and we can't afford those small mistakes."

Johnson finished with a team-high 29 points while Deron Williams added 22 points and eight assists in the win.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Brooklyn. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Nets Top Raptors 94-87 in Series Opener 

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) --  The Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for moments like these.

Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Garnett stepped up defensively during crunch time, and the Nets topped the Toronto Raptors 94-87 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points for Brooklyn, who took homecourt advantage from the Raptors despite making just 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Brooklyn got off to a hot start, but the Raptors kept battling back.  They took a 76-75 lead on a Greivis Vasquez transition three with just over five minutes to play, but the Nets immediately responded thanks to big plays from Pierce and Garnett.

"You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game."

There was a lot of trash talk between the two teams before the game.  General manager Masai Ujri even joined in on the fun.  He shouted "F--- Brooklyn!" at a fan rally outside Air Canada Centre prior to the game and it was caught on video by a fan.  He apologized at halftime with the Nets leading 50-46.

"Wrong choice of words out there," he said. "It is really not about me. It is about the players and the playoffs.

"Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled -- wrong choice of words. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That's it."

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 22 points in the loss, while center Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Game 2 will be played on Tuesday night in Toronto.

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Nets Complete Season Sweep of Heat in Thriller 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport (MIAMI) --  Meet the Brooklyn Nets, the only NBA team this season to go undefeated against the Miami Heat.

Rookie Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James' dunk attempt at the rim with two seconds left, and the Nets hung on to edge the two-time defending champs 88-87 on Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Nets (43-34), finished off a four-game regular season sweep of Miami. With time running down in the fourth quarter, James rose up for a dunk attempt and was met at the rim by Plumlee.  Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit his hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got a foul call as time expired.

"He grabbed my right hand," James said after his 29 point, 10 rebound performance. "He didn't do it on purpose, but he got my right hand."

Brooklyn became the first team in the last two years to sweep the Heat. Johnson led the way with 19 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 14.

"They're a good team," Spoelstra said. "They're one of the hotter teams since All-Star break. Every single one of these games, however you want to slice it, however you get to that point, there are plays to be made in the fourth quarter. And for whatever reason, they've made more plays."

With the loss the Heat (53-24), saw its lead in the Eastern Conference shrink down to a half-game over the Indiana Pacers.  The two teams will meet in Miami for the final time in the regular season on Friday night.

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