Line: Heat -7

Throughout most of the game the Miami Heat seemed like they were going to pull away from the Heat on several occasions. However thanks to an improved overall team defense in the second half as well as a much better flow to their offense the Nets were able to chip away based on contributions from a variety of sources and when Kevin Garnett made two free throws the game was tied with 2:30 left the game was tied. It remained tied after a series of poor possessions for the Nets and two missed three pointers by Chris Bosh the Heat found themselves in possession with the game tied and the ball in the hands of Lebron James. He made one of his many aggressive drives towards the hoop and was met by multiple defenders and again found Bosh open for a three pointer and he buried it to give the Heat a lead they would not relinquish.

For the Nets, it was a strong performance but not quite enough. They now find themselves having to find a win in game 5 in order to create a game 6 back home in Brooklyn. They found the wrong time to go through a scoring drought by not having a field goal over the last 4:00 of the game. Joe Johnson led a balanced offensive attack with 18 points, however he was only 5-15 from the field and did not have a strong game defensively. Paul Pierce was steady throughout and finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Deron Williams played well with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. However they did not give him a max contract to play “well” they gave him that contract to be a dynamic point guard and playmaker, as opposed to the 39 year old veteran he plays like. Shaun Livingston also had 13 points and Allan Anderson had 10 points off the bench.

If not for a missed free throw late in the game, Lebron James would have finished his magical performance with a 50-point game. Instead he had to settle for a mere 49 points that stunned the Brooklyn crowd. Dwayne Wade had 15 points. Bosh finished with 12 points including the winning three pointer. Ray Allen, who has been fantastic throughout the playoffs finished with 11 points. The night belonged to James who was brilliant throughout. He pulled up for three pointers in transition, got to the foul line, and consistently found ways to beat the Nets defense to the rim. This game marked the 12th time he has gone for over 40 points in a playoff game and the 9th time such games have occurred on the road.

It will be a fired up Miami crowd on Wednesday night and Brooklyn will have their work cut out for them. While stealing a game is not impossible it will be an extremely difficult task. They are going to need to make multiple outside shots like they did in game 3 if they want a chance to force a game 6

Pick: Brooklyn +7

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