NEW YORK Paul Pierce drove his shoulder right into LeBron James, a postseason foul in a preseason game.
A message to the NBA champions? "It's a message to the league," Pierce said.
The Brooklyn Nets showed the defensive toughness Pierce said will be their identity, smothering the Miami Heat 86-62 on Thursday night after retiring coach Jason Kidd's number.
Brook Lopez scored 14 points for the Nets on a night that peaked with the pregame. Kidd's No. 5 was lifted to the Barclays Center rafters during a ceremony a few minutes before tipoff, honoring him for leading the franchise to its greatest NBA success.
The game itself could have used the jolt Kidd provided when the Nets acquired him in 2001. Except for a few James highlights, it was typical exhibition play, with starters resting and subs misfiring for much of the night.
But there's already a hint this could become a rivalry when the games do count, as Miami-Boston was before the Celtics traded Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn. A day earlier, James noted that those two shouldn't have been so hard on Ray Allen when he opted to leave the Celtics for the Heat, since Pierce and Garnett ended up leaving themselves though Allen was a free agent and the pair was traded.
"Tell LeBron worry about Miami," Garnett said when asked about James' comments. "He has nothing to do with Celtic business."
Spurs 106, Hawks 104 in Atlanta Aron Baynes sank a floater in the lane with three seconds remaining to lift San Antonio.
Baynes scored on a pass from Patty Mills, and the Hawks couldn't get off a last-second shot.
Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in the third quarter, to lead the Spurs.
Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 26 points.
Pelicans 105, Thunder 102 in Tulsa, Okla. Brian Roberts scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including the go-ahead jumper with 30.6 seconds left, and New Orleans remained unbeaten in the preseason.
Knicks 98, Wizards 89 in Baltimore Carmelo Anthony had 22 points in the first NBA game he has played in his hometown.
Bradley Beal had 21 to lead Washington, which is 1-3 in the preseason.
Cavaliers Rookie forward Anthony Bennett, the top pick in this year's draft, has asthma and sleep apnea.