The Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets by a narrow 96-94 score on Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami to win the Eastern conference semifinals 4 games to 1. Like in the other games in the series, the Nets proved themselves incapable of guarding Heat forward Lebron James, who scored 29 points.
The Heat were trailing by 5 points late in the game, but they then shut the Nets down completely in nine consecutive series. The Nets looked like they were fading under the pressure that the Heat put on them defensively, and that kept them from winning the game. It was a defensive team effort on the Heat’s part in this game.
“It’s always been like that for us,” James said to AP. “It’s never easy. It’s never easy for us.”
That could come back to haunt the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, as if they’re struggling with the Nets, what’s going to happen when they step it up a level against a better team. Right now, Lebron James is carrying the Heat on his back, and pretty much single-handedly winning games. But as the competition gets better, the Heat are going to need a lot more than just James if they want to win games against the better teams.
Lebron James grabbed 9 rebounds with 1 blocked shot and 5 assists to go along with his 29 points. Center Chris Bosh scored 16 points. Guard Dwayne Wade scored 28 points. Guard Mario Chalmers scored 2 points with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Ray Allen scored 13 points.
Nets forward Joe Johnson scored 34 points with 7 rebounds. Forward Paul Pierce scored 19 points. Center Kevin Garnett scored just 2 points while grabbing 8 rebounds. Garnett really should have taken more than just 3 shots in the game, as the Nets clearly needed his scoring if they were to have a chance to win the game. He shot 1 of 3 field goals. Guard Deron Williams scored 17 points. Shaun Livingston scored 8 points.