Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

The Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie drives past San Antonio Spurs La Marcus Aldridge and Davis Bertans during a recent game

Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

LeVert's 3 pointer with 8:57 left in the fourth quarter gave Brooklyn a 79-77 advantage, its first lead since the first quarter, and the Nets went on from there to pull off the upset.

DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 26 points as the Brooklyn Nets, who trailed by 16 points in the third quarter, rallied to defeat the Miami Heat 101-95 on Friday night at Barclays Center.

The Phoenix Suns ended a seven-game losing streak against the Denver Nuggets after winning 108-100.

"There were so many big plays", Atkinson said. "It was all on Spencer's shoulders".

Richardson suddenly struggling: Josh Richardson was the Heat's best player for about a six-week stretch, but the third-year forward had another rough game, his third in a row. Point guard Goran Dragic added 17 points. He played in 80 contests during his rookie campaign, registering 13.2 points, 3.4 boards and 3.3 assists across 28.2 minutes per outing while making 41 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.1 percent of his long-distance tries and 73.7 percent of his foul shots.

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The Toronto Raptors continued their stellar home form after Kyle Lowry's 24 points and DeMar DeRozan's 21 saw them beat the San Antonio Spurs 86-83. He missed 32 games, and his return came nine weeks to the day after his surgery.

Beyond that, the fourth-year pro out of Colorado has some serious game, emerging as a quality National Basketball Association player as he's been thrust into a bigger role with the injuries to Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell.

Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and eight rebounds at the half as the Heat took a 53-43 lead into the locker room. "That was the main test". "He knows what I'm going to say", Spoelstra said following the game. Carroll led Brooklyn with 11 points at the half.

"I think that was really the turning point of the game, because it should have been over", Whiteside said. "They stepped up their pressure, got us a little bit out of rhythm there at the end of the third and they had a tremendous fourth quarter". "He kind of sparked the run". Two young guys on the team trying to find their way in this league.

Greg Logan has worked for Newsday since 1982 covering a wide array of sports and events, now including the Brooklyn Nets beat.

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