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LeBron James Scores 29 as Miami Heat Oust Nets From NBA Playoffs

LeBron James scored 29 points and the Miami Heat reached the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight season by beating the visiting Brooklyn Nets 96-94 in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Dwyane Wade added 28 points for the Heat, who closed the game with a 13-3 run to win the best-of-seven series four games to one. Joe Johnson had 34 points for Brooklyn.

The two-time defending NBA champion Heat will face the Indiana Pacers or Washington Wizards in the conference finals, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals. Indiana leads 3-2 in its series against Washington.

Johnson’s basket with four minutes, 48 seconds remaining gave Brooklyn a 91-83 lead, but the Heat scored the next 12 points -- taking the lead on Ray Allen’s 3-pointer from the corner with 32 seconds left.

Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to pull the Nets within a point. James hit one of two free throws with nine seconds left, and Brooklyn was not able to get off a final shot.

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