Nets can't overcome Dragic, Johnson, fall to Heat, 101-89



MEXICO CITY (AP) — Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson each scored 20 points and Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Saturday in the Heat’s first game in Mexico in franchise history.


Playing in front of 19,777 fans at raucous Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Dragic was 9 of 19 from the field and had seven rebounds for Miami. The Heat snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 12-13.


James Johnson added 17 points, Justice Winslow had 15 and Kelly Olynyk 11 for Miami. The Heat rallied from two seven-point deficits.

Brooklyn Nets' Cares LeVert drives with the ball against Miami Heat's Dion Waiters during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Brooklyn Nets’ Cares LeVert drives with the ball against Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points. Coming off a 100-95 victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Mexico City opener, the Nets dropped to 10-15.


In the third quarter, the Nets took a seven-point lead on Tyler Zeller’s layup, but Dragic sealed a 10-2 run to give Miami a 60-59 lead and the Heat took a 75-72 advantage into the final period.

Brooklyn Nets' Tyler Zeller, left, drives with the ball as Miami Heat's Kelly Olynyk defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Brooklyn Nets’ Tyler Zeller, left, drives with the ball as Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)


Miami put it away with an 11-4 run to start the fourth quarter. They took an 86-76 lead with 8:18 to play on Wayne Hellington’s dunk.

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