Last night the Miami Heat closed out their series against the Brooklyn Nets, and are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth straight year. The game was fast and furious (actually it was better, The Fast and the Furious is an awful movie), but I digress. Let’s break this barn burner down using a sweet GIF timeline.
Dwyane Wade was the story in the first quarter, setting the tone with 12 points. This was key, since the Heat started off 1-16 from three, and LeBron only netted 7 first quarter points. Wade put on a show, finishing with 20 points at the half, which tied his highest scoring half this season. Ultimately, he cooled down a bit in the second half, finishing up with 28 points.
Another standout performance came from Joe Johnson. Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, 24 of which came in the second half. He scored 12 in both the third and fourth quarter, trying to force a game 6 in Brooklyn, but Heat had other plans.
They went on a 12-0 run capped off by Ray Allen to thrust themselves back into the contest, and put them ahead with just over 30 seconds left in the game.
Joe Johnson kept the Nets alive, and with under ten seconds left in the game, Brooklyn had possession, down two. But then this happened…
And that was all she wrote. A tremendous game, and if not for Joe Johnson, it probably would have been a blow out. The next highest scorer on the Nets was Paul Pierce with 19 points. So, the Heat move on to play the winner of the Wizards-Pacers series, but what are the Nets offseason plans? Should they try to shake things up, or continue to rely on aging vets like Pierce and Garnett? Start the conversation in the comments section below!