Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014, Heat at Nets final score: LeBron James pulses Miami to 102-96 victory, 3-1 series lead

During a season where Kevin Durant made the leap in winning the NBA MVP award, it is almost as if the general public has “slept on” four-time MVP LeBron James. On Monday night, however, James reminded the basketball world of his greatness in dismantling the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 101-96 to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

From the opening tip, James was a dominant force on the floor, and the numbers supported that thesis. In the first half, LeBron scored 25 points on just 13 field goal attempts (making 9 of them) to lead Miami to over 63% shooting as a team, and after three quarters, “the King” had amassed 40 points on 13-for-20 shooting with 12-for-15 from the free throw line. However, he wasn’t close to done, as James finished with 49 points (a playoff record for the Miami Heat franchise) on 16-for-24 shooting and 14-for-19 from the line. He didn’t “need” any big-time heroics down the stretch, but throughout what was a difficult battle for Miami, LBJ made every necessary play.

Even with LeBron doing all kinds of LeBron-like things, the Brooklyn Nets showed no signs of quitting throughout the night. Brooklyn trailed throughout the middle portion of the game, but they made a strong charge to re-take the lead early in the 4th quarter, and it was truly a back and forth affair throughout the final period. The Nets placed five players in double-figures led by 18 points from Joe Johnson and 16 points from Paul Pierce, but in the end, they couldn’t match the one-man band from Miami.

Any team that features LeBron James is virtually unbeatable when he has it going like he did on Monday night, and that was on full display. Brooklyn threw everything short of the kitchen sink at Miami, the Heat got very little from their supporting cast, and the crowd in the Big Apple was rocking throughout. Unfortunately, none of those factors added up to the simple dominance of LeBron James, and now, the Heat are in great position to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth consecutive season.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Erik is going cost the Heat games, the guy can’t coach, why is Cole and Lewis getting playing time over Beasley and Jones,.. they fired one fraud in Cleveland and after James leaves they will fire this fraud also
    Two facebook comments had me smiling because i agree… if Rashard Lewis was a team player he would bench himself…. or fake an injury !…. lol

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    How did Lebron score 49 points, playing against the Nets Defense, carrying 8 other slugs on his back, (the Bosh shot not included) and playing against a head coach that would rather have Coles in the game with his 0 points, 0 assist, minus 19 while Beasley is sitting on the bench… and he needs to give Jones consistant minutes ! This is why i keep saying Lebron is MVP, he does way more for his team than Durant EVER could for does for his… eg.
    Durant 11 playoff games —- 118 for 255 fg’s made and attempts
    Lebron 8 playoff games —– 82 for 142 fg’s made and attempts

    in 3 games Durant has shot the ball 113 more times than Lebron…. let that sink in for a sec… and thats with Westbrick in the lineup !… Durant is jump shot or buss and people need to stop looking at the meaningless numbers he puts up… he is a volume shooter, i hope you saw when a 7 foot Durant had a 6’1 chris paul guarding him, a real scorer and not a volume shooter would have killed paul all day in the post…