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LeBron James's 49 leads Heat past Nets

LeBron James put up 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 102-96. The Heat played an efficient game offensively, shooting 37-70 (52.9%) from the field and turning it over just eight times. The Conference Semifinals now sit at 3-1.

James finished 16-24 from the field (3-6 on 3-pointers) and 14-19 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Miami also got solid performances from Chris Bosh with 12 points and five rebounds, and Ray Allen with 11 points and seven rebounds. Despite the loss, Joe Johnson scored 18 points for Brooklyn on 5-15 shooting (2-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-6 from the free throw line. Deron Williams added 13 points and seven assists.

As expected, the high-octane offense of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the bottom-tier defense of Brooklyn (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.19 points per possession in Game 4. The Heat recorded a FTA rate of 38.6 to go alongside their eFG% of 58.6%. To compare, they were 12-4 during the regular season when eclipsing 35.0 and 55% in those respective offensive factors. The Nets, however, were 2-5 when allowing opponents to reach those thresholds.

Miami carries the momentum of a 3-1 series lead back home for Game 5.


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