Miami wins series 4-1 (Game 4 of 5)

Miami wins series 4-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6th
Game 2: Thursday, May 8th
Game 3: Saturday, May 10th
Game 4: Monday, May 12th
Game 5: Wednesday, May 14th

Heat 102

(54-28, 22-19 away)

Nets 96

(44-38, 28-13 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    8:00 PM ET, May 12, 2014

    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 27 29 23 23102
    BKN 22 27 27 2096

    Top Performers

    Mia: L. James 49 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    BKN: P. Pierce 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Heat-Nets Preview

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Pierce called the Miami Heat a juggernaut. He insisted they are still the team to beat.

    So yes, the Brooklyn Nets have plenty of respect for the two-time defending NBA champions -- and no fear.

    Pierce made that clear again Sunday, a day after the Nets' Game 3 rout that cut Miami's lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Brooklyn will try to even the series at home Monday night.

    "You've got to have that type of mental ego against a juggernaut. You go against the best, a lot of series are won on fear factor, like, or non-belief. When you have that non-belief, then you have no chance," Pierce said after practice.

    "What I try to do in this locker room, or with my teammates, is just try to give them belief that we can beat this team. They're not unbeatable."

    The Heat had been in these playoffs until the Nets' 104-90 victory on Saturday night. Miami hadn't even faced a fourth-quarter deficit, but was out of the game long before then after Brooklyn dominated the third quarter to build a huge lead.

    "The defeat was complete," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It was both sides of the basketball.

    "It was like trying to plug in holes in a leaking dam. There was so many things that were not in our favor really on both ends of the court."

    The Nets made 15 of 25 3-point attempts, outrebounded Miami 43-27, and limited LeBron James to two baskets over the final three quarters after he had 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first.

    Brooklyn swept the regular-season series, though none of the games was anywhere near as easy as Game 3. Yet the four victories gave the Nets a confidence against the Heat that some other opponents may not have.

    "We just had a little success against them during the regular season. We played them well and we feel like we match up well with them," Nets guard Deron Williams said. "And if we're on top of our game, we're playing defense the way we're capable of playing, like we did the last game, we put ourselves in a good position to win."

    Pierce did his part after the Nets were routed in Game 1, asking coach Jason Kidd to switch up the defense so he could guard James. And after he and the Nets did such a good job of it over the final three quarters of Game 3, Pierce said the Nets wanted to show the Heat that they weren't scared of them.

    "Why should it be a fear factor?" James said. "It's just basketball. We're not trying to win a war here, it's just basketball. That's all it is. We're all grown men, who cares about who's fearing who?

    "We've never been a team that talks. We don't get into that, and we've never been a bulletin board team. We just want to play the game the right way and we give ourselves a good chance to win if we play our type of basketball and last night we didn't do that."

    Miami had won its previous eight postseason games and followed every loss with a victory last year. To do that in this series, Spoelstra said the Heat would not only need better effort and urgency, but also more attention to the little details.

    Pierce is expecting that, as well as in Game 5 back in Miami on Wednesday night. Even though the Heat didn't look it Saturday, he believes they are just as good as the recent versions that ended his seasons in Boston.

    "Definitely. They're well-seasoned now. They know how to win," Pierce said. "They've won two championships, there's nothing they haven't been through. So the one thing you always hear, it's kind of a cliche, is never underestimate the heart of a champion, and you know that's what they have under their belts. So you know, they're the team to beat."


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    Research Notes

    LeBron James has been held to less than 30 points and recorded 5 or fewer assists in each of his last three playoff games, the longest streak of his postseason career. Only once in James' career (including the playoffs) has he scored less than 30 points and recorded 5 or fewer assists in four straight games, from January 17 to January 30 in his rookie season in 2003-04.
    LeBron James said on Sunday that he feels James Jones deserves more playing time, and the on/off efficiency numbers show why. The Heat were about 14 points per 100 possessions better with Jones on the floor during the regular season. They have been even better in the playoffs, scoring a blistering 134.1 points per 100 possessions during Jones' 75 playoff minutes. However, he has played just 11 minutes against the Nets.
    LeBron James' 25 points are his most in the first half of a playoff game since scoring 30 against the Celtics in Game 6 of the 2012 Conference Finals. It is tied for his fourth-most first half points in his playoff career.
    The Heat improved to 18-1 in the playoffs in the Big 3 era (since 2010-11 season) when finishing with an effective field goal percentage of 55% or higher.
    LeBron James' effective field goal percentage was 72.9%, his highest in the playoffs this season.
    The Nets' effective field goal percentage dropped to 28.6% in the fourth quarter compared to 53.5% in the first three quarters.
    LeBron James had a field goal attempt against seven different Nets defenders and scored over 50% on all but one of them.
    LeBron James had 89 offensive touches Monday, his most in a game this playoffs.
    LeBron James' 49 points tonight marked the 12th time in his career he has scored at least 40 points in a playoff game. Of those 12 games, 9 have come on the road, including all 3 instances since James took his talents to South Beach and joined the Heat.
    LeBron James scored four fewer points than the rest of Heat players combined.
    LeBron James scored 34 of his 49 points on plays when he attacked the basket (cuts, drives, post ups and putbacks). James shot 11-of-12 in the restricted area compared with 5-of-12 on his jump shots Monday. James' 11 made field goals in the restricted area are tied for the second-most in his playoff career.

    - LeBron drove to the basket a series-high 10 times Monday. In Games 1-3, James averaged 5.3 drives per game.
    From Elias: LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points Monday. It was his seventh playoff game with at least 45 points, tied for third most all-time behind only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

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