The Nets lost the Miami Heat by a score of 102-96 in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal to give Miami a 3-1 series lead and put Brooklyn on the verge of elimination.
Need to Know: Chris Bosh drilled a corner three with 57.3 seconds to play to break a 94-94 tie and give Miami a lead they would not relinquish.
LeBron James tied a career postseason-high with 49 points (16-for-24 shooting, 3-of-6 from deep 14-of-19 from the line).
Joe Johnson had a team high-18 points, and Paul Pierce added 16 of his own.
Andray Blatche had eight points and eight rebounds, and Alan Anderson had 10 points off the bench.
Deron Williams scored 13 points and dished out seven assists, but shot just 5-of-14 from the field.
Brian ErniThe Nets were obliterated in the paint early, as they allowed 30 points down low in the first half. But the effort tightened up in a big way in the second half. Brooklyn was flying to their defenders and making it much for difficult for Miami to get to the lane, which kept them in this thing and gave them a shot…Great ball movement by the Heat on Bosh’s eventual game-winner. The Heat big man, who has really made himself into an incredible three point shooter, got a great look and buried it. Just a dagger to the heart…Brooklyn dominated Miami in second chance points, but they just couldn’t make up for the fact that they let James roam free for essentially the entire first half. It’s really a shame, because this is a game the Nets just could not afford to lose, and it was there for the taking. It seems like it’s just a matter of time now.
What’s Next: This series will return to South Beach for Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night, where Miami will look to advance to their fourth straight Eastern Conference final.