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Lowly Nets embarrass Heat at home

The Heat’s Hassan Whiteside muscles his way to the basket against two Nets defenders Friday night.
The Heat’s Hassan Whiteside muscles his way to the basket against two Nets defenders Friday night. charles@miamiherald.com

As bad losses — really, really bad losses — go, it would seem impossible to top this Heat debacle on Friday.

Against a 13-22 Brooklyn team, the Heat was brutal offensively, horrible in transition defense and consistently a step slow in a 111-87 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat, which had won six in a row against the Nets, shot a season-low 33.7 percent from the field and 3 for 26 on threes.

Miami led 18-8, then unraveled. Brooklyn unleashed a 21-2 run, then put together another 20-5 spurt later in the first half to surge ahead 59-39 at halftime. Brooklyn’s lead grew to 38 in the third.

Hassan Whiteside, in his second game back from a 13-game absence, scored eight of Miami’s first 10 points and closed with 17 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.

Josh Richardson scored 19, but the Heat’s offense was a mess otherwise. Tyler Johnson opened 0 for 10 and closed 4 for 15.

Goran Dragic, who hasn’t shot well in a month, went 3 for 12 on an 11-point night. Wayne Ellington was 2 for 10, Kelly Olynyk 1 for 7.

The Heat, which has the 10th-longest sellout streak in NBA history, dropped to 8-9 at home, with five of those losses by 15 points or more. Miami fell to 18-17, with a Saturday night game in Orlando up next.

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