Miami Heat 96, Brooklyn Nets 94
LeBron James: B
6-14 FG (2-5 3FG), 15-17 FT, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 5 turnovers, 29 points
Unlike his 49-point outing in Game 4, LeBron James struggled to find scoring opportunities throughout much of the game. The Nets, even in a small lineup, clogged the paint and forced the ball out of LeBron’s hands. It took a minute, but LeBron found his stroke and was able to knock down some key shots.
Dwyane Wade: B+
6-11 FG, 8-8 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 28 points
Back at home with a locker room full of his favorite medical equipment, Dwyane Wade turned in a needed performance to keep Miami in the game down the stretch. He found room in the paint when LeBron didn’t, and had a key stop against Shaun Livingston at the end to help seal the deal. His 28 points were the most he scored in a playoff game since Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
Chris Bosh: B-
6-11 FG (4-6 3FG), 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 16 points
Chris Bosh didn’t do much in the realm of defense or ball movement, but he hit four three-pointers when the rest of the Heat hit five. Miami needed each of those KABOSH’s. Between his game-winner in Game 4 and his clutch shots tonight, you can see why his local nickname is Big Shot Bosh.
Ray Allen: B
4-10 FG (1-7 3FG), 4-4 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 13 points
Allen hit only one three-pointer tonight but it was the most important shot of the game. He also got the job done on the free throw line to help clinch the game and send Miami to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami Heat: B
29-67 FG (9-29 3FG), 29-31 FT, 33 rebounds to Brooklyn’s 36, 18 assists to Brooklyn’s 14, 10 turnovers to Brooklyn’s 12
The role players on Miami were taken out of the game, but the Heat found a way to win when it didn’t look like they could. Miami advances to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth season in a row.