Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 34 points and the Miami Heat used a strong second-half to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 102-89, in taking sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Both teams entered the contest winners of five straight and on top of their respective divisions, but the Heat outscored the Nets, 52-30, over the final two quarters to notch their 12th win of the season and stay undefeated at home.
LeBron James followed with a strong performance as well, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Miami's 12th straight victory over the Nets.
Without starting center Brook Lopez, who sat for the second straight game with an injured foot, Andray Blatche stepped up for the Nets and tallied a team- high 20 points and eight rebounds.
Deron Williams finished with 10 points and 12 assists in the loss.