Pick any three Brooklyn Nets from Monday night's game against Miami, and they didn't combine to score as many points as LeBron James produced in helping the Heat take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals.
James tied a playoff career high with 49 points, going 16-for-24 from the field in a 102-96 win over the Nets in Brooklyn. He had 15 of Miami's 23 third-quarter points and added nine more in the final period. But the Heat couldn't shake the Nets until Chris Bosh drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 57.3 seconds left. Ray Allen secured the victory by hitting four free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Dwyane Wade finished with 15 points and helped the Heat shoot 53 percent for the game, going 7-for-13. Chris Bosh had 12 points for the Heat, who can wrap up the series Wednesday in Miami.
Joe Johnson had a team-high 18 points but shot just 5-for-15 for Brooklyn.
The Portland Trail Blazers have avoided a four-game sweep after losing the first three by an average of 19 points.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points and the Blazers dominated the third period of a 103-92 win over San Antonio. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') delivered 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who took control by outscoring the Spurs 35-20 in the third period. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points to the win.
Tony Parker had only one assist and led the Spurs in scoring with just 14 points. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) each had 12 points for the Spurs, who can wrap up the series at home on Wednesday.