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Heat advance to the east finals

Heat advance to the east finals

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 15, 2014

This trip to the Eastern Conference finals did not come easily for Miami.

Down by eight with less than five minutes left, after trailing for virtually the entire game, the Heat found a way nonetheless to finish off the Brooklyn Nets and move into the NBA's final four for the fourth straight season.

Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left highlighted a huge Miami rally, and the Heat beat the Nets 96-94 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night. The Heat won the series 4-1, improving to 9-0 at home in chances to close out series over the last four seasons.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Dwyane Wade added 28 for the Heat, with Chris Bosh scoring 16 and Allen finishing with 13. James made one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left to put the Heat up by two, and the Nets almost failed to get a potentially game-tying shot off after Paul Pierce lost it out of bounds, but it stayed with Brooklyn after replay.

And the Nets still couldn't get a shot away: Allen knocked it away from Joe Johnson as he made his move, and time expired.

Johnson had 34 points, Pierce scored 19 andDeron Williams had 17 for the Nets.

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