After Mirza Teletovic scored a team-high 20 points in Brooklyn’s 94-82 loss to Miami in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series, I wrote that the Bosnian Muslim backup forward was the X-factor that gave the Nets their best chance to knock off the two-time defending champions.
Teletovic made me look smart on Saturday, playing a key role in Brooklyn’s surprisingly impressive 104-90 victory in Game 3 that was also Miami’s first loss of the postseason. Teletovic scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench, hitting four of seven shots from three-point range. He was one of six Nets to score in double figures, led by Joe Johnson‘s 19 points.
Trailing at halftime, Miami was keeping it close and had pulled to within three points in the third quarter before Teletovic hit a trey to spark a run that put Brooklyn up by double digits. Teletovic made two more threes in the third, allowing the Nets to take a 14-point advantage into the fourth quarter. He then opened the fourth quarter with his fourth triple, and the Nets never looked back on their way to cutting the Heat’s series lead to 2-1.
Game 4 is on Monday, May 12, in Brooklyn.