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Ray Allen’s four-point play sends Heat to win over Nuggets (VIDEO)

Nov 4, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

This is exactly why the Miami Heat’s acquisition of Ray Allen is going to be such a problem for opposing defenses.

The Nuggets did almost everything right against the Heat on Saturday, yet still lost to the defending champs by a final of 119-116. That’s because with the game on the line, and Denver leading by a single point, the team had to choose between collapsing on LeBron James on the drive, or defending Allen in the corner.

They couldn’t do both, and the Nuggets chose poorly. Corey Brewer decided to give help on the drive, leaving Allen just enough space for LeBron to get him the ball so he could drain the game-winning shot.

Kenneth Faried is as athletic as they come, and in hindsight (without knowing what the instructions from the bench were) I think I would have had Faried play James straight up on the drive. Best case is you get James to force a tough shot over an able shot-blocker, and worse case is James gets fouled and has to make a couple of free throws to give his team the one-point lead.

The least desirable situation is to leave Allen alone in the corner, and then to foul him once the ball is out to give him the four-point play opportunity. It’s a dilemma teams will face all season long, and one that more often than not will see the game decided in the Heat’s favor.

Allen finished with 23 points, but 12 of those came in the final period. Chris Bosh dropped in 40 for the Heat, while the Nuggets saw a more balanced attack that netted them a 72-40 points in the paint advantage. Denver owned the glass as well, finishing the night with 47 rebounds to just 32 for Miami.

All of that is to say the Nuggets did everything they could have to get a road win over Miami. Unfortunately, their defensive decision-making on the Heat’s final offensive possession ended up costing them.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    No knee jerk. Game obviously could have gone either way. Heat are going to win around 60 times this season. They’re going to lose about 22 times. Every time they win, the championship isn’t won; every time they lose, the season isn’t over. This was just one game, and it ultimately won’t matter any more than the NY game Fri night.

    Buuuuuuuuut……….How freaking sweet was that?

  2. dls612 - Nov 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I’m happy with the win thanks to Ray, but the points in the paint is a no no especially to a team that wasn’t necessarily a big team other than Magee! I’m sure as the season goes on Miami defense will be better! But I give credit to the nuggets for playing well after getting blown out in Orlando.

  3. obelbeyzayanikoglu - Nov 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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  4. jt1138 - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    You mad, Boston? How’s JET working out for you?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      Ray Allen (3 games)
      28.7 MPG, 15.7 PPG, 62.5% FG (15/24), 56.3% 3-pt (9/16), 3 RPG, 2 APG
      Jason Terry (3 games)
      22.3 MPG, 8.7 PPG, 38.1% FG (8/21), 28.6% 3-pt (2/7), 0.7 RPG, 2 APG

      Both players have around the same number of total shots (24 vs. 21), but Allen has been a much better shooting, connecting on more of his shot attempts despite shooting twice as often from behind the arc (16 compared to 7).

      Though again, it’s only been 3 games, and really, the big question is which one plays better in the playoffs after 82 regular season games, so it’s too early to judge.

  5. isujames - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Expect more of this in MIA

  6. nbascreed - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    To finish my thought…if Corey doesn’t help then Lebron turns the corner for an easy deuce. Athelticism is more than just jumping high. There is no way in the world Faried has foot speed to handle Lebron…no way!

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      exactly, pick your poison.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    After the Heat win the next three or four championships the world will be composed of Heat fans and Heat haters and that’s pretty much it. Barring injury…and i mean catastrophic injury not Allen out game 3 or Wade out game 2…Nobody is beating this team. No. Body.

  8. themagicfanguy - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    So they almost lost to a team that was crushed by Big Baby and J.J. ? lol

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      almost only counts in horseshoe’s and grenades

  9. isujames - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    @^^ Correctamundo, the Heat like to toy with inferior teams late in the contest, this makes for an interesting ending and keeps you tuned in.

  10. themagicfanguy - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    It looks as if the heat will have some issues against teams with big physical front court players. Bosh tries his best, but they need someone with more strength to shadow the big fellas out there. You can’t count on a last second shot to win all of these games, just sayin…

    • deeballer - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      You mean a big team like Indiana? Oh wait, we’ve seen that one before. It might work for 1 game, but in a series, the other team has to find the right matchup to stop the Heat. So, who’s offense is better in the end? The Heat might not be able to match up in size, but the other team’s bigs can’t score 30+ on you day in and day out.

  11. cosanostra71 - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    seemed like a pretty late whistle… clutch shot though.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      yea he should of blown the whisle before he shot it..

      • cosanostra71 - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        or perhaps not waited until after the ball goes through the basket.

  12. broncobeta - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    “Unfortunately, their defensive decision-making on the Heat’s final offensive possession ended up costing them.”

    You mean Ray flopping and all of the non calls that the Heat got away with?

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      No we’re talking about what actually happened, not what you saw through your hater goggles.

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