If anyone would know not to give Ray Allen space, it would have to be the Nets right? Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have seen Allen drain that corner three with less than two minutes, one minute, 30 seconds time and time again. It had so rarely happened to them.
Their last great shot at winning a championship may very well have ended that way. The Heat, trailing by around eight points for much of the second half and unable to get over the hump until they suddenly did.
Allen capped off that run with a corner 3-pointer, a tough one that had him backing up to get to the line. It gave the Heat a two-point lead. Miami needed two defensive stops to put the game away. The last came with LeBron James and Allen combining to force the ball out of Joe Johnson’s hands. Brooklyn did not even get off a shot as the team’s season ended with a 96-94 defeat.
Joe Johnson was the right guy to have the ball. He scored 34 points and carried Brooklyn offensively. He hit tough shot after tough shot over the defense. Just he could not get that shot to fall at the end. And the Nets threw the game away in many ways, unable to execute at the end.
LeBron James scored 29 points and got to the line 17 times, making 15. Dwyane Wade scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half.
And now the Heat are one step closer to a third championship.