Heat fight back to secure Eastern final spot

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2014 10:55 PM

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Heat fought back from eight points down in the final three minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and secure a place in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year.

Defending champions Miami claimed the series 4-1 but for a long time it looked as if they were going to suffer their first home loss of the postseason after Joe Johnson, with a game-high 34 points, inspired the Nets.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern final. Indiana lead the series 3-2 going into Thursday's game six on their home court.

LeBron James top-scored for Miami with 29 points while Dwyane Wade, who scored 20 points in the first half, ended with 28.

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A trademark three-pointer from the corner from Ray Allen put Miami 93-91 ahead with 32 seconds left and though the Nets had the final possession, James made a game-winning steal on Johnson to seal the win.

(Reporting By Simon Evans; Editing by Ian Ransom)