NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James arrived in Brooklyn to an unfriendly welcome from the Nets' Reggie Evans, who downplayed Miami's title and James' talents.
Bad idea, though James decided not to fire back.
"I let my game do the talking," James said.
No other response was necessary.
James had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Heat blew out Brooklyn in the second half for a 105-85 victory Wednesday night, their 13th in a row over the Nets.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 for the Heat, who outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half after it was tied at halftime.
"When we're playing at a high level, that's what we're capable of doing," said James, who acknowledged being annoyed by Evans' comments to the Daily News. "So we showed tonight what we're capable of, both defensively and offensively. The whole package, everything, we had it going tonight."
In their first game since falling in double overtime Sunday at Boston, the Heat made sure this would be a much easier night. James, Wade and Bosh were all on the bench long before the end, and Miami shot 52 percent from the field and made 11 of 19 3-pointers.
Brook Lopez, chosen to his first All-Star team Wednesday, scored 21 points for the Nets, who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped. They fought back from a tough start to briefly take a third-quarter lead before James led the onslaught that sapped the energy from what had been a lively crowd for the nationally televised game.
"It's the third time we've played them and we turn it over 19 times in all three games," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "I thought our guys really played an excellent first half and then we dug a big hole doing the same things that we did in the third quarter."
Playing for the first time since visiting the White House on Monday, the Heat looked plenty capable of getting invited back next year. A 10-10 team on the road when they arrived in Brooklyn, the Heat were nearly flawless offensively and defensively in the third quarter and outscored the Nets 36-14.
"It's the first (game in the) arena, had some good old-fashioned smack talk before the game, it was great," Bosh said. "Guys were motivated tonight. We're trying to find a way to bring that energy every night."
Andray Blatche hit all five shots and scored 12 points for the Nets. Deron Williams, battling the flu, was held to nine points and five assists, while Joe Johnson shot just 4 of 15 for his 16 points.
Already routed twice in Miami this season, the Nets tried to talk tough, Evans lessening the Heat's title because it came in a lockout season and diminishing James' talent in comments earlier Wednesday.
It takes more than talk to beat the Heat.
Johnson's jumper gave Brooklyn a 55-53 lead with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter, but the Heat overwhelmed with an awesome display of attacking over the next few minutes.
Wade made a jumper and James hit a 3-pointer to give Miami the lead for good, the start of a 26-5 run that featured the Heat at their best, James slamming down a lob from Wade on one possession and burying a 3-pointer in transition on the next.
The Nets completely wilted under the Heat's pressure, letting guard Mario Chalmers grab an offensive rebound while seated on the court, and throwing one inbounds pass away when there was no Miami player anywhere near to apply pressure.
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