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

    LeBron James ties playoff high with 49 points, Heat take 3-1 lead

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- LeBron James had done his part to put the Miami Heat in control of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and one last free throw was meaningless except to him.

    He missed, leaving him one shy of his first 50-point playoff game, muttering to himself after.

    "That's the first time I've been disappointed in myself in a win," James said.

    Then he smiled, realizing his performance left nothing to complain about.

    James tied his playoff career high with 49 points, Chris Bosh made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, and the Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-96 on Monday night for a 3-1 lead.

    James carried the Heat nearly the entire way until Bosh hit the shot that put Miami ahead for good -- a play where James resisted the temptation to force a shot, instead passing to Mario Chalmers, who swung it to a wide-open Bosh.

    Ray Allen followed with four free throws and James finished it off with one more, putting the Heat in position to wrap it up at home Wednesday in Game 5.

    James was 16-of-24 from the field and 14-of-19 from the free throw line in matching the 49 points he scored for Cleveland against Orlando in the 2009 Eastern Conference finals. He missed his second free throw with 1.1 seconds left.

    "He was what was needed on the road and that's what makes him the best player in the game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

    Spoelstra talked to James about coming out in the fourth quarter, but had about as much success as the Nets' defenders.

    "He asked me and I didn't know if he was serious or not, and what I told him I cannot say again," James said. "So I wanted to finish out the game. I felt like it was a must-win for us."

    Joe Johnson scored 18 points for the Nets, who were 15-of-25 from 3-point range in their Game 3 victory but only 5-of-22 in this one. Paul Pierce added 16 points.

    "This is very difficult to swallow," Nets center Kevin Garnett said. "Hard to take, but it's what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn't help us at this point."

    Dwyane Wade scored 15 points on the night his Heat postseason record of 46 points was shattered. Bosh finished with 12.

    Miami pulled out a thrilling victory in a game neither team led by double digits and has won at least one road game in 14 straight series, breaking the record set by the Chicago Bulls from 1991-94.

    Garnett's two free throws tied it with 2:30 remaining. Bosh then missed a pair of 3-pointers before getting a third crack at it in the corner in front of the Brooklyn bench for a 97-94 lead. Johnson then missed a jumper while trying to draw James' sixth foul -- Johnson said afterward James "flopped" -- and Allen's free throws put it away.

    "Obviously the series is not over but we really have to have some urgency going to Miami and we've got to come out of there with one," Johnson said.

    Wade scored 46 points against Boston in the 2010 playoffs, and James' best in a Heat uniform had also come against the Celtics, his memorable 45-point performance that saved Miami's season in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

    Pierce, who asked to guard James after Game 1, was on the wrong end of this LeBron masterpiece.

    James and the Heat had shrugged off a couple days of chatter from Pierce, who said the Nets weren't afraid of them. But things were testy at the start, with first-quarter technical fouls for James, Pierce, Shane Battier and Alan Anderson. Miami started quickly again and led 27-22 after one behind 12 points from James.

    He opened the second on the bench and Brooklyn started with a 9-2 spurt to take its first lead at 31-29. James was a force once he returned -- especially after a second foul against him seemed to get James more annoyed than any of Pierce's talking did.

    James gave Pierce a glare after a thunderous slam later in the period, when he had 13 points in just 7 1/2 minutes, and the Heat led 56-49.

    James had 13 straight Miami points in the third, but Brooklyn cut it to one on a few occasions before he made a pair of free throws to give Miami a 79-76 lead.

    Game notes

    Mirza Teletovic was held to four points and missed all three 3-point attempts. He had been 11 of 19 in the series, Wade saying before the game it was "red alert" when he entered. ... As they have during postseason home games, the Nets had a Brooklyn-based entertainer announce their starting lineups. On Monday it was Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Denzel Washington, Spike Lee and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were also in the crowd.

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    Research Notes

    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's 49 points tied the most he has scored in any game in his entire playoff career. It's also the most points any player has scored in Miami Heat postseason history.
    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.
    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.
    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.

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