The Miami Heat successfully defeated the Brooklyn Nets in a 4-1 series, cementing their advancement in to the eastern conference finals for the 4th straight season. Nevertheless the victory didn’t come easy as Brooklyn made them benefit it. It took a collective effort from LeBron (29 points), Wade (28 points), Bosh (16 points), and Allen (13 points). If the Heat can enjoy this kind of collective effort night in and night out, they’re well on their solution to a 3rd straight title. And that’s not to say the collective effort will propel them to blowout victories; the ultimate score of the game came right down to a distinction of 1 possession. Nevertheless the resilience to keep fighting back after Brooklyn kept going on scoring runs was paramount in the outcome. (Also let’s not forget Ray Allen with another clutch three with 32 seconds left in the game.)
Defense also solidified this game as LeBron’s switch to Joe Johnson late in the game tamed the hot-shooting scorer who still had been able to put up 34 points. LeBron has brought the 4th quarter defensive challenge against many elite players time and time again and tonight the outcomes were no different; he made the defensive stops he needed to help deliver his team a victory.
The Heat will face either the Washington Wizards or the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals
LeBron James wins the honors of the Delay of Game Top D.O.G. with numbers hovering near a triple double: 29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.
Miami gets some extra rest while they await the winner of the Indiana/Washington series. Look to allow them to really switch on the jets in this next series as they are thirsty to win another championship.