The stakes were well-defined. The Brooklyn Nets visited the Miami Heat on Saturday night with each team holding 34 losses to their name. Whoever came out on top would conrol the driver’s seat for the Eastern conference’s six-seed, for the chance to narrowly escape the play-in tournament.
There was also the matter of Brooklyn’s recent form, which was less than ideal. Not only would a win be vital in the standings, but the Nets needed to put an end to a five-game losing streak as well, one that would have ended with their previous game if not for a gut-wrenching, last-second shot by the Cleveland Cavaliers.