LeBron James Scores 49 as Heat Take 3-1 Playoff Lead Over Nets

LeBron James scored 49 points and Chris Bosh hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to give the Miami Heat a 102-96 win at the Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The victory gave the two-time defending champion Heat a three-games-to-one lead in the second-round series. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is set for May 14 in Miami.

The 49 points tied James’s playoff career high. He missed a free throw in the final two seconds that would have given him 50.

James scored 25 points in the first half as Miami took a 56-49 lead at the intermission. Miami’s margin was down to three points at the end of three quarters, and the Nets tied the game in the final period.

The game was tied at 94-94 when Bosh, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer from the corner. Ray Allen added four free throws in the final 10 seconds for Miami.

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