April 16, 2012
Furious flurry by James gives Heat win over Nets
NEWARK, N.J.—LeBron James scored Miami's final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 as the Heat pulled out a 101-98 victory over the Nets on Monday night.
In a game the Heat never led until the final 51 seconds, James willed them to their 10th straight victory over the Nets. With Dwyane Wade resting, James scored those 17 points over the last 4:48.
Chris Bosh had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, carrying them early in the fourth until James checked back in midway through the period and turned what appeared a certain loss into a stunning victory.
Kris Humphries scored 29 points and MarShon Brooks had 24 for the Nets, who played without Deron Williams and lacked the finisher they needed against one of the NBA's best.
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TURNING POINT: LeBron James converted a layup on a strong drive past Humphries to give the Heat their first lead at 97-96. Then he scored again – a floating layup in the lane after absorbing contact – to put the Heat up 99-96. The Netsâ€™ fate was sealed on the ensuing possession when they turned the ball over on a five-second violation.
INSIDE THE ARENA: The arena was shrouded in a layer of fog for the first few minutes of action after the Nets used fireworks during pregame introductions. The Nets used the fog as a sixth man, jumping out to a 4-0 lead...Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls sat courtside...Six NFL players from the Jets and Giants were shown on the Jumbotron...Former Nets rosters rotated around the circular scoreboards during a timeout in the fourth quarter.
For more, read Jake Appleman's NBA.com notebook
NETS NOTES Gerald Green (15 points, 6-17 FGs) and Jordan Williams (2 points, 4 rebounds) made their first starts of the season...With Deron Williams (sore right calf) out, Sundiata Gaines started at point guard, tallying 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
24 PTS, 7 REB
6 AST, 2 STL
10-17 FGs, 4-4 FTs
|On LeBron's postgame advice:
"He told me that he's very happy for me. You know, he's very happy that I'm back in the league. He told me cherish it. He said, you know, 'Just cherish the moment, you're doing a really good job.'
"He told me that I was playing pretty good and that he's happy for me and I told him, 'Thank you, and good luck in the playoffs.' And I think they'll go far."