The Brooklyn Nets suffered an epic collapse for the 2nd consecutive game allowing the Heat to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for a 4th straight year with a 96-94 game 5 win.
Miami wins the series 4-1, and will face either the Indiana Pacers or Washington Wizards in the next round.
Brooklyn led 91-83 with 4:48 remaining, but proceeded to go scoreless over the next 4:37, missing 8 consecutive shots. Miami on the other hand, went on a 12-0 run to take a 4-point lead. Ray Allen once again hit the big shot.
Down 1 and 32 seconds left, Allen nailed a 3 from the wing to give Miami its first lead of the 2nd half. He then hit 2 free throws to give the Heat a 4-point lead.
A last gasp 3 from Joe Johnson, and a 1/2 from the line from LeBron made it a 2-point game with 9 seconds remaining. Brooklyn however, could not get a shot off on its final possession, and the Heat won the game.
Joe Johnson was the games leading scorer with 34 points, Paul Pierce had 19, and Deron Williams added 17. When the Nets needed someone to close the deal, no one did.
For the Heat, LeBron James had a team high 29 points, Dwyane Wade scored 28, and Chris Bosh had 16. Whenever it looked like the Nets were about to pull away, Bosh would answer with a 3.
Ray Allen scored 13 points off the bench. He hit just 1/7 from deep, but the 1 was the biggest shot of the game.
For most of the night, the Nets appeared to be poised to force a game 6. An 8-0 over the final 2:51 of the 2nd half gave the Nets a 49-42 half-time lead. Joe Johnson scored 12 3rd quarter points, and Brooklyn had a 9 point lead entering the 4th.
Once again, the Nets couldn’t shut the door and a season that had so much promise is now over.
The Heat meanwhile, will continue its pursuit of a 3rd straight NBA Championship.