New city, new uniforms, new roster.
Same lopsided result.
The Brooklyn Nets entered Wednesday's game in South beach against the defending champions with very different expectations than the last few times it have faced the Miami Heat.
Despite a much more versatile and talented roster, the Nets still fell hard to the Heat, 103-73, letting Brooklyn know it is far from the top in the Eastern Conference, yet.
As some of the Nets new faces, such as shooting guard Joe Johnson, get accustomed to playing in New York with a new team, the same group of players that went through a similar process three years ago put on a clinic at American Airlines Arena.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were each effective in the Heat's biggest win of 2012, with Wade and James scoring 22 and 20 points, respectively.
The loss dropped Brookyln to 1-2 and moved Miami to 4-1, its fourth consecutive win after falling to the New York Knicks on opening night.
It took the Heat two years to win a championship. Throughout the first few months of playing together, the 'big three' had struggles playing with each other, the same struggles new Nets players will likely deal with this season.
More specifically, many are questioning the inside play of Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries, the same center and power forward that anchored the disappointing Nets teams in the past. This is, however, the first time either of them are playing on a championship-caliber team in the Nets, and, with time, they will likely mold together nicely.
A 30-point loss is tough, no doubt. But, perhaps, when the Nets and Heat face-off on Jan. 30 -- their last regular season meeting -- it will be a very different contest.
That's the hope in the Nets. That's what 2012 is all about: Progress and winning.