All it took was a pair of extra passes and the expert placement and touch of Chris Bosh in the final seconds of Miami’s Game 4 win to remind us that, yes, even LeBron James needs a little help from time to time, and that this remains a team game.
That isn’t to say LeBron James was ball-hogging his way around the court on Monday night, far from it. But it was Bosh who put the Heat over the top with a dagger 3-pointer in the final minute of Miami’s Game 4 win over Brooklyn, pinning down the Nets 3-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup. James managed 49 points in the win, tying his playoff career high and setting a Heat playoff record, but it was his hockey assist that gave the Heat the stranglehold in both the game and the series.
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As you can see above, with the Heat and Nets tied at 94 with just 75 seconds to go, James drove to the rim and was met by domineering Brooklyn big man Kevin Garnett, who had just chased Dwyane Wade into a turnover after a drive a minute before. A pass out to Mario Chalmers resulted in a skip pass to Bosh, who calmly drained a 3-pointer from the corner. Though Chris had missed four of his first five attempts from long range in Game 4, he splashed this one, and the All-Star big man is shooting nearly 45 percent from behind the arc in the 2014 playoffs, finishing his night with 12 points.
As a result, James’ killer night won’t go for naught. The two-time defending champion hit three of his six threes in the contest, including one from 27 feet just a few possessions prior to Bosh’s make. LBJ shot 16 of 24 overall, he played terrific defense on Joe Johnson on consecutive possessions as the Nets attempted to score their own clutch baskets in the fourth quarter and James had only one turnover in 43 minutes, despite dominating the ball offensively.
Miami now owns a 3-1 series lead against Brooklyn, with Game 5 to be played in Miami on Wednesday. Should the Heat prevail and the Indiana Pacers take care of business at home in their Game 5 in Indianapolis on Tuesday, they will strike up a rematch on their Eastern Conference finals classic from 2013, one in which the Heat prevailed in seven games.
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