Sure, LeBron James' 49 points hurt the Nets on Monday. But what killed them in the end was a pass from "The King."
With the game tied and one minute remaining in the fourth quarter, James drew two defenders on a drive and passed out to Mario Chalmers behind the arc. Chalmers fed Chris Bosh in the corner, and the Heat forward knocked down the 3-point dagger to give Miami a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
“It was a great play,” Deron Williams said, “a great shot.”
A shot that likely helped end the Nets’ season.
Only 3.7 percent of teams that have gone down 3-1 have come back to win a best-of-seven series.
“It’s very difficult," Kevin Garnett said after the game. “Very difficult to swallow.”
What made the loss all the more difficult was the fact that the Nets had every opportunity to win. They had a two-point lead with six minutes to play and tied the score on three separate occasions in the final four minutes.
But the James-to-Chalmers-to-Bosh sequence ended any hope the Nets had of evening the series.
On the Bosh 3-pointer, James said the Nets didn't defend the screen-and-roll properly. James was met by Garnett at the rim. Once he passed out to Chalmers, Garnett had to race out to the corner to try to contest Bosh’s 3. He didn't recover in time to challenge the shot.
No one was willing to point any fingers in the Nets’ locker room after the game.
“I think you have to give them credit. We just didn't do a good job executing out there,” Williams said.
The Nets’ failure to execute extended beyond the Bosh 3-pointer.
Brooklyn missed eight of 10 shots and had two turnovers in the final five minutes of the game.
“We let one get away on our home floor,” Joe Johnson said. “We had a chance, and we didn't get it done.”
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