It took 49 points from LeBron James and a big push in the fourth quarter, but the Miami Heat were able to close the door on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday to take a commanding 3-1 series lead heading back to Florida.
James tied his career-high points for a playoff game, as the Heat shot 52.9 percent from the field against the Nets. Dwyane Wade was particularly efficient, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Miami let Brooklyn claw ahead of them with five minutes remaining, but a Chris Bosh three-pointer with 57 seconds left put the Heat out of reach.
Brooklyn was able to draw blood against the reigning two-time champs by winning Game 3, Miami's only playoff loss to date. But the Nets have looked unprepared to play a full 48 minutes against Miami, whose team effort on both sides of the ball has allowed them to prosper.
There's also been the question of Jason Kidd's decision-making, particularly in Game 4 when Mirza Teletovic, vital in Games 2 and 3, played just 17 minutes and didn't enter in the fourth quarter until there was just 10 seconds remaining.
Miami has the ability to close out the Nets on their home court on Wednesday. Save for another lapse in execution by the Heat, Brooklyn will need to find consistency for a whole game if they want to keep their championship hopes alive.
Game time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony, Rachel Nichols