By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - LeBron James poured in 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, putting the two-time defending champions one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals.
A three-point shot from the corner by Chris Bosh snapped a 94-94 tie with about a minute to go in a see-saw struggle of a fourth quarter and Ray Allen made four critical free throws to ice the win.
The victory gave Miami a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a chance to clinch it at home in Game Five on Wednesday.
James tied a career playoff high with his 49 points, hitting 16-of-24 shots including three three-pointers, and 14-19 from the free-throw line in the bruising, physical contest. Team mate Dwyane Wade added 15 points.
The fourth quarter featured six lead changes and four ties before the Heat pulled away in the final minute.
Joe Johnson led a balanced Nets attack with 18 points, with Paul Pierce contributing 16 as five Brooklyn players scored in double figures.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)