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About Last Night: James drops 49 on Nets, Blazers win to survive

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Heat one win from Conference Finals after Game 4 win

LeBron James started out hot, scoring 25 in the first half in Brooklyn from all over the floor. His team-mates, however didn’t provide him with the assistance he needed to help the Heat pull away from the Nets, who used a balanced effort to stay close throughout the game.

The Nets took the lead early in the fourth quarter after trailing since midway through the second, Miami’s offense going cold as Ray Allen missed a pair of threes and had a turnover.

The Heat came back, however, with LeBron and Chris Bosh hitting timely shots. Bosh converted a pair of threes late in the game to ultimately keep Miami in front and allow them to take firm control of the series.

The series switches back to Miami for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Blazers survive behind Lillard’s 25

Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard decided the Portland Trail Blazers’ surprising revival wasn’t finished yet.

Lillard scored 25 points and Batum added 14 points and 14 rebounds, as well as 8 assists, as the Blazers hassled and harried the Spurs into a poor night. Portland led by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter before both coaches sent in their reserves.

Portland’s bench, depleted thanks to the loss of Mo Williams for another game, scored just six points in their Game 3 loss. Wesley Matthews and Thomas Robinson combined for 26 off the pine in Game 4, providing a huge spark.

The Blazers used a 21-11 run to take command of the game and lead 94-74 after an extended 44-26 run over the third quarter and first few minutes of the fourth.

Game 5 is back in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

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