Heading into Game 5 at the AmericanAirlines Arena, the Miami Heat led their 2014 Conference Semifinals series against the Brooklyn Nets 3-1.
At that time only eight teams in NBA history had come back from a 3-1 series deficit, so, the Heat were heavily favoured for this game. Not to mention, the fact that they were the NBA's two-time defending champions.
Despite being underdogs, the veteran Nets weren't about to just go away. Early on, they came out firing and battled blow-for-blow with the champs.
They created seperation when they outscored the Heat 27-19 in the second quarter and then Joe Johnson carried them in the third period, scoring 12 points on 5-5 shooting from the field.
Thus, helping the Nets carry a 75-66 lead into the fourth quarter.
He finished with a game-high 34, scoring 12 of the team's 19 fourth-quarter points but it wasn't enough as the Heat rallied behind LeBron James' big fourth quarter and a couple of clutch plays from Ray Allen to seal the series.
With Dwyane Wade keeping the Heat in the game in the first half, by scoring 20 of the team's 42 points, in the second half particularly in the fourth quarter, James took over.
He scored 14 (2-3 3Ps; 8-10 FTs) of his team's 30 points in the final period.
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In the final minute, it was Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's teammate in their days with the Celtics, that sealed the deal not once but twice. First, he knocked down a clutch triple then he combined with James to get a stop in the final possession of the game:
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James finished with 29, while Wade had 28 as they propelled the Heat to its 10th straight playoff series victory. More importantly, the win booked a fourth straight Conference Finals appearance - something, at that time, only the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers had achieved.
Watch the full game below:
In the Conference Finals, the Heat would defeat the Indiana Pacers for a second straight year - this time in six games. However, in the NBA Finals, they failed to three-peat as the San Antonio Spurs avenged their traumatic 2013 Finals loss by clinching the 2014 title in five games.
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