NBA: Miami Advances to Eastern Conference Finals
Down by eight with less than five minutes left in the game. Eight wasn’t the largest amount Miami would trail by, largest being ten in the third, but each time they got close to taking the lead Brooklyn would create another large gap between the two.
It was until the final five minutes that the Heat made its biggest move on the night. They were down by eight points and managed a 12-0 run to put itself ahead. With thirty-two seconds left in the game, a 3-pointer by Ray Allen put Miami in the lead.
The Heat would win the game 96-94.
The final play of the game saw the ball bounce away from Joe Johnson, the Nets unable to recover it before the final buzzer went off.
The Nets held a seven-point lead multiple times in the first quarter, but the Heat managed to catch up to put itself back in the game. Big leads would be obtained by Brooklyn multiple times, and multiple times Miami would put itself back in the game.
Miami showed strength in shooting threes from the corner. Chris Bosh tied the game at 49 in the third with a 3-pointer that mirrored his game winning shot on Monday. He scored 16 and shot four 3-pointers.
Johnson was a big threat on the night, leading the team with 34 points. He helped give the Nets another seven-point advantage in the third with a 3-pointer, putting it ahead 70-63.
LeBron James saw some time on the bench in the second quarter, but that didn’t stop him from leading his team with 29 points.
The two-time defending champions will once again move on to the Eastern Conference Finals, this time facing either Washington or Indiana.