Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/31/13
If there's a case to be made that there's a contender for the Eastern Conference crown other than the Miami Heat, no one has stepped up and made it just yet. But after another Heat demolition of the Nets, this time a 105-85 pounding Wednesday night, it's obvious that Brooklyn no longer has any business engaging in that debate. In their first and only visit to Barclays Center this season, the East-leading Heat totally flummoxed the Nets for most of the night and used a 36-14 third quarter to blow the game open after surrendering a 12-point first-half lead. The win capped off Miami's fourth consecutive season sweep of the Nets, who have yet to beat the Heat during the Big Three era and have lost 13 straight in the series overall. With nearly half of the season left to play, the Heat (29-13) only hold a four-game advantage on the Nets (27-19) in the conference standings, but the manifest disparity between the talent levels on the floor -- both Wednesday and in Miami's other two routs...
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