Preview: Brooklyn At Miami

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
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BK Edge in: MIA
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LeBron James has put Miami in position to close out the Eastern Conference semifinals and he will have a hard act to follow when the Heat host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. James tied his personal playoff career high and set a Miami franchise record with 49 points in Game 4 as the Heat produced a 102-96 victory to take a 3-1 lead. Brooklyn won all four regular-season meetings but needs to come up with a strong effort to force a Game 6 at home.

The Nets had no answer from the outset for James, who was 16-of-24 from the field while matching the 49 points he scored against Orlando in 2009 while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even with all those points, it was center Chris Bosh who drained the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 57.3 seconds left as James spotted him wide open in the right corner. “He just showed great poise and trust to make the right basketball play,” coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters of James’ decision to pass. “He reads the game as well as anybody that’s played the game.” Brooklyn set a franchise playoff record with 15 3-pointers in its Game 3 win before dropping off to 5-of-22 in Monday’s loss.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT

Only eight teams have rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA playoff series and the task is harder for Brooklyn when you factor in it needs to win three straight against the two-time defending champs. The veteran club knows it is on the verge of elimination but continues to vow the series will tighten up. “We just got to get one game,” forward Paul Pierce told reporters after Game 4. “That’s the mindset. The series is far from over.” Getting a solid performance from Deron Williams would help the cause as the point guard is just 8-of-34 shooting over the past three games after being a solid 7-of-10 for 17 points in Game 1.

ABOUT THE HEAT: James could have reached 50 points but he split two free throws with 1.1 seconds left. He had 25 points in the first half and 15 more in the third as Brooklyn struggled to defend him. James was rubbed wrong by some trash talking from Pierce after the Nets won Game 3 and now has his focus on ending the series in five games and not making a return to Brooklyn until next season. “Play with a sense of urgency defensively, help one another, communicate, try to get the ball moving offensively from one side to the other and attack,” James told reporters of the Game 5 plan. “If we do those things, and do it with a clear mind but at the same time an aggressive mind, we give ourselves a good chance to win.”

1. SG Dwyane Wade, who is averaging 15.8 points in the series, held the former Heat playoff record of 46 points, set in 2010.

2. Brooklyn F Mirza Teletovic missed all three of his 3-point attempts in Game 4 after going 10-of-16 over the previous two games.

3. James has scored 30 or more points in four of Miami’s eight postseason games.

PREDICTION: Heat 101, Nets 93

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Brooklyn 49-44 L1 31-15 17-29 4-2 45-42 13-10 31-32
Miami 61-29 W1 36-9 25-20 7-2 54-27 16-4 41-19

Last Meeting

Brooklyn Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/12/14 MIA 102 BK 96 96 40 43.6 102 34 52.9

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK J. Johnson 18 33.3 6
MIA L. James 49 66.7 14
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK A. Blatche 8 3 5
MIA R. Allen 7 1 6
Assists Player  
BK D. Williams 7
MIA M. Chalmers 7
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BK J. Johnson 1519 46.1 201
MIA L. James 2421 56.5 519
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BK A. Blatche 478 150 328
MIA L. James 612 84 528
Assists Player  
BK D. Williams 460
MIA L. James 549

Quickchart Matchup

Brooklyn  Off vs  Miami Def
98.2 Points For
97.0 Points Against
45.9 FG%
45.7 FG%
38.1 Reb
40.3 Reb
Miami Off vs  Brooklyn Def
102.0 Points For
99.2 Points Against
50.0 FG%
45.9 FG%
40.3 Reb
42.4 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Brooklyn Overall Miami
49-44 W/L 61-29
47-45-1 ATS 43-45-2
48-41-4 O/U 50-40-0
98.2 Pts For 102.0
99.2 Pts Against 97.0
Brooklyn A/H Miami
17-29 W/L 36-9
20-25-1 ATS 21-23-1
22-22-2 O/U 25-20-0
95.7 Pts For 104.1
101.4 Pts Against 96.6