MIAMI (Ticker) -- Even during their record-setting 2001-02 season, the New Jersey Nets never had a run like this.
Richard Jefferson had 19 of his 26 points in the first half and Jason Kidd collected 13 and 13 assists as the Nets extended their season-high winning streak to eight games with a 100-80 rout of the Miami Heat.
New Jersey set a franchise record with 52 wins last season and made its first trip to the NBA Finals, but its longest winning streak was seven games.
The Nets have won 12 of their last 14 games and are in the midst of their longest winning streak since a team-record 11-game run that ended January 12, 1983.
The Nets, who have a league-best 18-1 home record, improved to 6-8 on the road, where they play nine of their next 11 games.
"We've been playing great basketball as of late," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "We want our home record to overlap the way we play on the road. Tonight was an indication of the way we feel about ourselves."
Jefferson made 10-of-14 shots and fell one point shy of his season high. Kidd was 5-of-8 from the floor and had one fewer assist than Miami had as a team.
Lucious Harris scored 16 points and Kenyon Martin added 12 and 10 rebounds as the Nets shot 58 percent (39-of-67) from the floor and held a 44-32 advantage on the glass.
"We knew we couldn't use the excuse that we were tired," said Kidd as the Nets three days off. "We came out with the energy that we wanted to."
New Jersey never trailed after scoring the game's first seven points and led by as many as 18 in the first quarter.
"We just got off to a horrible start," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "They just jumped right on top of us with their quickness and energy."
The Heat pulled within five midway through the second, but the Nets responded with an 18-7 run. Harris buried a pair of 3-pointers and Jefferson had eight points during the burst, including the final six for a 51-35 cushion at the 1:37 mark.
The Nets had a 54-39 halftime cushion and were never threatened in the second half. They led by as many as 27 points three times in the fourth quarter.
New Jersey displayed its athleticism with 11 dunks, including six by Jefferson, who found out that he will make his first appearance in the slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend.
"Today I found out I'll be in the dunk contest so I wanted to show everybody a little taste, a little preview of what's going to happen," he said.
"He was real aggressive from the beginning of the game and he never got frustrated," Scott said. "He just stuck with his game. It just snowballed and he got rolling."
Rasual Butler scored 12 points and fellow rookie Caron Butler added 11 for Miami, which lost for just the second time in eight games.
The Heat shot just 38 percent (29-of-76) from the floor and committed 19 turnovers. They were outscored 46-32 in points in the paint and 22-6 on the fast break.
"When you play against them, you can't match their energy, you need to exceed it," Riley said. "We absolutely broke down in every area that we've been good at over the past couple of weeks."
"They gave us an old-fashioned butt whooping," Miami forward Brian Grant said. "They did what they were supposed to do and we didn't. We wanted to see how we looked against the number one team in the East and we didn't look good at all."
Miami placed starting point guard Travis Best on the injured list to a sprained ankle prior to the game and lost leading scorer Eddie Jones to the same injury less than two minutes into the game.
"I think when Eddie went down it kind of shocked us," Riley said. "The game just got away from us."
Jones returned in the second quarter but played only 15 minutes and scored seven points - more than 11 below his season average.