By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 12th, 2014
Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 4 Recap
Final Score: Heat 102 Nets 96
In a huge Game 4 for both teams the best player in the world, LeBron James showed exactly why he is that player with a ridiculous Game 4 to carry his team to a big victory and a controlling 3-1 series lead heading back to Miami.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce
For the Nets in what may very well be their last home game of the season, Paul Pierce knew the Nets needed this one, and came thru with a good game on the offensive end for Brooklyn. Pierce finished with 16 points on six for 11 shooting from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds, with two assists, and two steals. Offensively Pierce was good, but trying to slow down James it was a totally different story for the over-matched Pierce.
The experienced Kevin Garnett also knew the magnitude of Game 4, and in 25 minutes played well for the Nets. Garnett was efficient scoring eight points on three for five shooting to go along with seven rebounds, four of which were on the offensive end.
Brooklyn’s bench was pretty good in Game 4, led by Andray Blatche, who scored eight points on four for 10 shooting to go along with game-high eight rebounds. Alan Anderson also was good in Game 4, as he led Brooklyn’s bench with 10 points on three for five shooting, which included two three-pointers.
In Game 4 the biggest problem for the Nets was the ultra-aggressive James, who wanted this game badly, and went and got it. James finished with 49 points on 16 for 24 shooting, which included him, going three for six from three-point range, and 14 of 19 from the free throw line. Pierce asked for James, thinking he could slow down the King, but according to ESPN stats and information, James went five for eight with 18 points while being guarded by Pierce in Game 4.
Once against for Brooklyn, Deron Williams didn’t play up to the level the Nets need him to in order to earn victories. Williams struggled with his shot, as he scored just 13 points on five for 14 shooting. He did have seven assists and six rebounds, but the Nets need Williams to score more than in low teens.
Joe Johnson also had a rough time with his shot on Monday, as with him and Williams both struggling it was surprising they were in this game. Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points, but it came on five for 15 shooting. Johnson did however do a good job at the free throw line, going a perfect seven for seven, but overall it was a difficult night for Johnson.