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In LeBron James vs. Brooklyn, LeBron wins. Heat now lead series 3-1

May 12, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

LeBron James, Andrei Kirilenko AP

It’s good to have LeBron James on your team.

He is the ultimate trump card. He can cover so many mistakes.

With the rest of his team playing unevenly, LeBron went into what he called “attack mode” and made Paul Pierce regret asking for the defensive assignment. LeBron hit 11-of-12 shots at the rim, knocked down 3-of-6 threes, scored 49 points on 24 shots and carried the Heat against a Nets team that was playing with desperation.

Then at the end LeBron got a little help from his friends — threes from Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers, free throws from Ray Allen — and Miami won Game 4 in Brooklyn, 102-96.

Miami now leads the series 3-1 and can close it out Wednesday night back home.

LeBron’s 49 tied his career high (he would have had 50 if he hadn’t missed a free throw with one second remaining in the game. LeBron had the kind of night where you chat with Jay Z and Beyonce, then throw down a dunk.

(I bet he didn’t ask Beyonce about her sister. But he should have.)

Brooklyn put up a fight, as you should expect from a proud veteran squad. Also as should have been expected they couldn’t knock down threes at the pace they did in Game 3, going just 5-of-22 from beyond the arc in Game 4. Still, they fought back from being down nine in the third quarter to take the lead and make this a game down the stretch. Joe Johnson had 18 points (despite a hand injury in the third quarter, and Pierce had 16 points to lead the Heat.

Deron Williams had another “meh” game — 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting with seven assists and six rebounds. It wasn’t a bad game, but it wasn’t what they needed from him.

Miami’s supporting cast was pretty bland as well. Dwyane Wade was up and down but had 15 points. Chris Bosh stood around and watched LeBron work then finished with a dozen and hit a big three late. Ray Allen had 11.

But mostly, it’s good to have LeBron James on your team.

  1. d3c1ph3r - May 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    LEBRON.

  2. rodge1 - May 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I hope Pierce asks to guard LeBron before every game.

  3. jbeagles23 - May 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Good job pierce. Great effort defensively.

  4. zoomy123 - May 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Paul Pierce, your feud with LBJ is over. You beat him up with 2 HOFers in the past while he was playing with scrubs. Now Lebron is at the peak of his powers as one of the top 10 best players of all time, he’s got his homies watching his back, and you’re too old. And most importantly LBJ has 2 rings: It’s definitely over.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    7

  6. pantsfreezone - May 13, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    The Nets’ MVP of that game was the inconsistent officiating.

    Miami attacked the paint and got very few calls while the Nets got ticky tack calls all game long.

    Thank goodness LeBron is so freaking amazing.

    • prokilla - May 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Funny that you said that, I was watching the game and not one call went to the nets, you can not touch the heat players especially Lebron. it’s so one sided that you can not dispute that, compare that with the other playoff series, i.e. OKC vs Clippers where is very physical.
      But at the end of the game, the heat made baskets, and JJhonson did not. He’s a good player but not a superstar.

      • thekiller678 - May 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        @Prokilla

        What game where you watching? How many FT’s did the Heat take outside of LeBron before the Nets started intentionaly fouling? Like maybe 4?

        Nets got the benefit of the officials whistle in this game, that was very obvious watching it.

        And LOL at that Thunder Clippers comment. Thunder get the most special treatment from the refs out of any team in the NBA, Durant is far more untouchable than LeBron

      • prokilla - May 13, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        ??? Nets 28 ft vs heat 27 ft…. Lebron 19 ft…

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Fouls were about even. Free throws were about even. You are both idiots.

      • borderline1988 - May 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        I don’t think the refs had much of an impact in this game,
        but I think 6 of those FTs by the Heat were intentional fouls at the end of the game, so you cant count those

  7. angulocarlos1 - May 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    King James epic performance gave me chubby! We are watching a dynasty unfold

  8. ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    LeBron was great, but the Heat really need to move the ball & run some plays. The offense was stagnant most of the second half.

    • zoomy123 - May 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      When Lebron scores 22 points: Lebron is too passive; sometimes he needs to take over; the Heat need that Cleveland Cavs Lebron; why is Lebron so timid.

      When Lebron scores 49 points on 24 shots (24 freaking shots mind you): The Miami offense looks stagnant; they need to move the ball more; Miami needs the role players to step up; Miami looks like they’re in trouble because only Lebron is scoring; where’s Wade + Bosh?

      The scrutiny of Miami is unrelenting even after 2 championships.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        I’m a Heat fan, zoomy. Relax. I’m just saying LeBron had to score 49 because everybody else was standing around and playing ISO ball.

      • zoomy123 - May 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        I know you’re a Heat fan, lol. My comment wasn’t solely directed at you, but was just a general observation about the type of criticism Lebron regularly faces.

  9. golfrangeman - May 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Way to much information

  10. antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    This game was very satisfying. Ray is getting his revenge on Pierce and Garnett and LeBron got to shut Pierce up again (hopefully for good). And the Heat get to face Indiana in the next round to continue their “Be Careful What You Wish For” tour.

  11. nfl4days - May 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    LeBron reminded Paul Pierce that it isnt 2010.

  12. money2long - May 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Why are people in the comments actin like lebron made the nets look completely foolish ?
    The nets were right there to win the game.
    Also, pierce was clearly still in lebron’s head.
    Lebron was tryin so hard throughout the game to look like he was too cool for school and showing off that pierce had no affect on him that he was blowing and huffing n puffing and putting up fingers as how many fouls pierce has.
    The fact that he has to display to the world that pierce “isn’t in his head” shows pierce still has power in his head.
    All that said, lebron played one heck of a game.

    • rawgator06 - May 13, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Pierce showed that he could get dominated when he antagonizes LeBron

      • pharohislife - May 13, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        And the Heat showed that everybody on that team outside of Lebron is inconsistent and weak. I doubt the Heat win the Ship this year. Better hope the Thunder take out the Spurs, and count your blessings that the Heat get a Free Pass to the Finals by playing in the East.

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      The Nets looked fine. Pierce looked completely foolish.

    • thekiller678 - May 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      I like how people treat their absurd and bizarre opinons as if they’re facts. Yeah dude, Pierce is in LeBron’s head, the proof being LeBron was more zoned in tonight than most nights. Great logic dude

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        I’m not talking about lebron’s play. I’m talking about the stuff that came along with it silly rabbit. Look at the tape. Lebron was tryin so hard to show he was chillin and not affected by the storylines of him and pierce. In doing that, he was showing just how much it stuck with him. You’re saying what I’m saying is bizarre simply cuz lbj had a good game ? That makes no sense. That too simple. Everyone that has a good game has nothing else going on according to your dumb logic.

      • nard100 - May 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        @money2long – It’s called saying in the moment and keeping your cool…which he did by the way. He didn’t lose it when things didn’t go his way. And you say the Nets didn’t get any calls when LBJ almost fouled out?! Whatever.

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        What? I said that ?

      • zeedoubleyou - May 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Fill me in if I’m missing any LBJ slights:

        1) Choker, can’t deliver in 4th quarter
        2) PEDs
        3) Pierce got a reaction out of him! (ignore 49 point rear-pounding)

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Stop bringing up stats to show me that pierce had nothing to do with how lebron presented himself on the court as far as mannerisms go. They do not connect.

    • thekiller678 - May 13, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      I like how people treat their absurd and bizarre opinions as if they’re facts. Yeah dude, Pierce is in LeBron’s head, the proof being LeBron was more zoned in tonight than most nights. Great logic dude

    • iskuterista - May 13, 2014 at 3:43 AM

      I could be wrong, but being in someone’s head or to have ‘power in someone’s head’ means you are able to actually affect his play that they lose focus on their game and psychologically change their dynamics, resulting to an overall negative effect on that player’s performance. What has blowing, huffing and puffing got to do with anything? Lebron basically ran Pierce and the Nets over to the paint all night for 49 points in 44 minutes (most among all players).

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        Being in someone’s head does not ONLY reflect on someone’s play. Smh.
        Why is this hard for the lebron fan base to understand

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        No one said “ONLY”, not even in lower case. All anyone is saying is that if you are in someone’s head – and four fingers for the 4th foul does means Pierce was – but they score 49, maybe you should go to Plan B next time.

        Like so much around here, much is being made of little. When Pierce asked to guard LeBron, he said he knew LeBron’s tendencies well, having played against him so much. But that familiarity goes both ways, and then there were eight other guys on the court messing with the script the sportswriters wanted to see played out. Really nobody was calling anybody out, and two future HOFers certainly didn’t get to where they are by thinking they’re back on the playground when they have a playoff game to play.

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Yea. Lebron is just trying real hard to show pierce had no affect on him. Cool. That’s showing he did. You guys to blinded by the numbers. He was on a mission to show he wasn’t affected by pierce. That shows he was. Plain n simple. Haha

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        U guys are only equating being in someone’s head to , having a terrible game.
        I’ll leave it at that.

      • eddiecrash1976 - May 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Money2long-

        Apparently you know nothing about psychology It has nothing to do with the Lebron base fans it’s just that you sound so stupid that your point makes no sense what so ever. Smh

      • doc305 - May 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        @money…Lebron does the huff and puff thing all the time, weather he’s playing Pierce or not. It appears to me ( because this is all we can do, is assume to know what he is thinking at the time) that he is getting himself pumped up. Any time Pierce hits a big shot he jumps up and down to get himself going. Lebron seems to get pumped when the away crowd boo’s him and people from the other team say things about him to the media. Does nobody remember when Lebron started jawing to Frank Vogel in last years ECF because Vogel said something about Lebron being anyting special. Many players feel that they need incentives and motivation to “stick it” to people.. Its really not that un common. Durant announced that he no longer wants to be number two.. Jordan made up slights to get himself going..Its fine not to like Lebron, but don’t pretend that what he does to get himself pumped, and maybe get into other players head, as some terrible thing that is somehow wrong..Maybe Lebron is in your head…

      • borderline1988 - May 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        money2long:

        Didn’t Michael Jordan do this stuff all the time? When players would challenge him verbally whether through the media or on the court, MJ would take it personally and go straight at and try to humiliate his opponent.
        I’m sure Kobe would do the same thing if someone publicly announced ‘I’m going to guard Kobe’.

        By your interpretation, Pierce definitely got into Lebron’s head. Lebron heard Pierce loud and clear, and decided to dominate Pierce all night long.

        What exactly is your point?

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        I said pierce was in his head. By what u bring up as far as examples go mj n Kobe u prove my point. Ppl are thinking gettin in someone’s head means they throw u off ur game. Hence y ppl say I ignored lbj’s good game. I didn’t ignore it. All I said is lebron was thinking about pierce every step of the way becuz of the words pierce spewed the day before. Or whenever it was. Him acting the way he did has nothing to do with him playing good or bad. His behavior is a direct reflection on trying to show up pierce. Hence pierce was in his mind and brain and thoughts. I never said this should have threw him off his game. The end.

    • eddiecrash1976 - May 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      “Being in someone’s head does not ONLY reflect on someone’s play”

      Oh no? Then what else does it reflect genius? And please don’t tell me he was huffing and puffing at Pierce. The only thing in LBJ’s head is winning another Championship making ppl like Pierce and especially haters like you irrelevant. It looks like LBJ is in your head Nomoney2long.

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Maybe you’re right that Pierce got in LeBron’s head. I remember another time Pierce & Garnett got in LeBron’s head… June 7, 2012. Those two broke LeBron and look what happened. 45 points on 26 shots, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and a blowout win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Paul Pierce, more than anybody, is responsible for making LeBron into the champion that he is today.

  13. katra2logic - May 13, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Very efficient performance by LBJ. Not only did he get 49 points on 24 shots but he barely committed any turnovers (1) even though the ball was in his hands most of the night. Well done.

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      And he shut down Brooklyn’s closer (Joe Johnson) in the process. It was just an incredible game from him.

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

        Careful there. You’re drooling

      • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 4:17 AM

        That was the first time since 1986 that someone scored 49 or more points on 24 or less shots in a playoff game. On top of that James was playing great defense. That’s the type of basketball people should drool over.

  14. birdsofprey305 - May 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    @money2long

    Maybe Lbj just took notice of Pierce’s new found confidence any superstar would act the same way and the huffing and puffing maybe had something to do with him playing 43 minutes.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

      Someone finally admits it

      • blueintown - May 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        Good Lord, dude. You’re reaching. Just enjoy it. It takes some king of skewed bizarro-world analysis to watch a guy drop 49 and then jump on here to say the guy defending him is in his head.

      • blueintown - May 13, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        Edit: *kind (Freudian?)

  15. birdsofprey305 - May 13, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    @money2long
    Why do Lebron haters always over analyzing something so minuscule . No matter what he does you will find fault even in 49 point game your talking about Pierce is in his head really? I sincerely hope Pierce is in his on Wednesday as well.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      There was no over analyzing. It was a mere pointing out which got so many people upset.
      The only thing I pointed out was lebron blowing his cheeks, putting up fingers etc.
      lebron was CLEARLY making it known to the world that he was laddi-doddy’ing with every accrued stat because of what pierce said. That’s not an overanalyzation. That’s me psychoanalyzing WHY lebron did that in the first place. I was never making a point to his stats or how he produced on the court. I was only talking about his actions. Pleas room at where I said lebron played well.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Please look *
      That’s praise. Not hate.
      And me pointing out what he was doing on the court is not hate either.

  16. birdsofprey305 - May 13, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    @money2long

    What does Lebron acknowledging Pierce chirping has to do with anything , usually when your in someone’s head it effects your play. I think you should view Lebron’s stats for this series. Your hatred for the man is blinding you. Let me guess you hate because of “the decision “

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      It did affect his actions. Stop connectin his actions with basketball. Two separate points there.
      One can still play exceptionally but along the way do jerk actions like point and laugh at you everytime they score. How u BEHAVE on the court is a diff story than how u PERFORM basketball wise.

      When will u people get that ?

  17. jzone954 - May 13, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    Lebron was great tonight. Here’s another fun fact…. So far in the era of Miamis big 3 , the two teams “constructed to take out the Miami heat” that reside in New York have accounted for all but 2 playoff wins against them thus far.

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      Good point. The Nets spent $200 million dollars on a way to stop LeBron James and came up snake eyes. That is kind of embarrassing.

      • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        Are the heat missing a brook Lopez type player ?

      • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Heh. What happened to all that “best record in the East since January!” nonsense? Lopez wasn’t around for that – but now they miss him?

        In any case, he would just make them slower than they already are.

      • money2long - May 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        That’s not the point genius. Ur point was talking about the nets grand master plan and their roster money total. In THAT respect , it’s ok to talk about them misidng a huge piece of that puzzle. Stupid.

      • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Lopez was never a “huge” piece of that puzzle. They didn’t even want to retain Lopez – they wanted to dump him to get Dwight Howard. Lopez wouldn’t help them much against the Heat anyway – being too slow footed, a poor rebounder and a bad defender.

        Their master plan in regards to the Heat is mostly about D.Will, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and AK47 – who I was thinking about when I typed that.

      • money2long - May 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        Missing *

  18. newyorkball82 - May 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    The two teams “constructed” to beat the heat? Hahahaha, that’s funny. I agree that pierce was in Lebrons head. The guy was whining all night long and were it any one else in the nba that acted like that when he got his 5th foul, they would’ve slapped a technical on them. Pierce pissed him off and he had something to try to prove. Throwing up four fingers when pierce fouled him. He’s a bully. He has little finesse to his game and that showed last night. He plows into people in the paint when he knows he needs to score and even at 6’8″ and 260lbs he still gets every call. On top of bull rushing, he pushes off with his right arm more than anyone I’ve seen.

    • scrummymustard - May 13, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      haters always gonna hate

    • finsfan71 - May 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      Loser talk.

    • nard100 - May 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      NewYork, you’re talking about Pierce right? When you watch Pierce, throwing blatant shoulders and forearm shivers because he’s too slow to really get past people. To say that he can get in LBJ’s head is utterly ridiculous and that was proven last night. So sorry the rain of thousand 3’s didn’t happen again last night. LOL

    • eddiecrash1976 - May 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      You sound as stupid as Pierce looked last night. Maybe you should ask Jason Kidd to let you guard Lebron tomorrow night so you can get in his head too.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Facts New York. U see what I was talking about. These peoe only think pierce had no affect on lebron’s mannerisms in the game simply cuz lebron had a good stat sheet. Some people can think too simple.

  19. miamatt - May 13, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    It puts the lotion on its skin.

    • finsfan71 - May 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      …or else it get’s the hose again.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Careful. Saying lotion in a lebron article. No tellin what anti might do next.
      Or is there ….

      • miamatt - May 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        lol I’ll give it to you there, that’s funny!

  20. 25yearindyfan - May 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Heat @ Pacers Game 1 possibly this weekend? Let’s get it on.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I see people have come around on the pacers. Interesting.

      • eddiecrash1976 - May 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        LOL. Who are the pacers?

  21. nard100 - May 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    “The Truth” learned his defense was sick lie last night.

  22. birdsofprey305 - May 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    @newyorkball82

    He has little finesse to his game but you probably wanted or would take him on your team in a New York minute. The things the lebron haters come up with to pretend the guy isn’t a great player. If not being finesse equates to being the most effecient player in the league, i think more should play with less finesse.

    • money2long - May 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Yes. It’s true. Lebron takes advantage of his physical gifts. Nothing wrong with that.
      But I think it says a lot as to who the better sheer basketball player in it’s truest definition is between lbj and Michael Jordan. I won’t get Into Kobe either. But we all know who’s game is more electric.

  23. jimeejohnson - May 13, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Paul Pierce couldn’t even hold LeBron’s jockstrap since New Yawk a$$holes have it in their mouths.

  24. thenew013 - May 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Its never a good idea to try and get in LeBrons head before the game even starts. He has time to mentally prepare and you get showings like this. Get in his head DURING the game with some hard fouls and a little trash talk.

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