LeBron James carried the Miami Heat on his back last night as the the veteran Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of their second playoff elimination in as many years.
In what was a pivotal match-up between these Eastern Conference rivals, it was the Miami Heat who came out victorious on a score of 102-96. This was all the more telling for the Nets as it was one man who single-handedly dismantled their attempts to level the series.
LeBron James tied a career high playoff record of 49 points as well as dragging in six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Not bad for someone who even had time to take a break to chat with his celebrity buddies Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Miami’s other two members of the big three did little to live up to their reputation. However, when the time came and the game was tied at 94 apiece, Chris Bosh came up with a huge corner three to put the Heat ahead with 57 seconds left on the clock. The Heat did not look back after that but will be expecting greater production from its other stars and bench in the potential series clinching game 5 which takes place Wednesday back in the American Airlines Arena in Miami
The Nets will be left to wonder what could have been and, after an energy-sapping performance like that, things do not look promising for the aging Brooklyners. This will be a mentally devastating result for them, however one would expect the likes of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to rally the troops for Wednesday night.
One would also expect that LeBron James will get a lot attention from the Nets defense in Game 5. Unfortunately this will open up space for other Heat players and expect those who weren’t productive on Monday night to have a bigger impact. The likes of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh & Mario Chalmers will be better and this will more than likely be the last game for many players in the black and white of the Brooklyn Nets.
Conor O’Reilly, Pundit Arena