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Miami Heat secure Eastern Conference finals spot

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Miami Heat booked a place in the Eastern final on Wednesday night as Erik Spoelstra's men made it hard for themselves to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 at the American Airlines Arena to go on and win the series 4-1.

So far in this year's play-offs the Heat have only dropped one game having demolished the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in the opening round before going to five games against the Nets to sink Jason Kidd's side.

LeBron James scored 29 points for Heat while Dwayne Wade added 28 to help the hosts win, and after the game Erik Spoelstra spoke to ESPN stating it was the mental side of the game that's helped his side get this far.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability."

Brooklyn will feel as though they were outclassed, for Joe Johnson hit a massive 34 points but the Nets still fell at the final hurdle as Jason Kidd stated to ESPN that the Heat were forceful in attack and made them pay for missed chances.

"Give the Heat credit. They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Kidd's team only secured the one victory over the Heat in the series, which was at home in Brooklyn.

The first quarter last night started in the usual style as the Heat took control and took a one point lead heading into the second period at 23-22.

Wade scored 12 points in eight minutes while James hit seven on the board featuring for the whole quarter.

Paul Pierce for the Nets meanwhile scored nine points as both Johnson and Deron Williams added four.

The Nets however bounced back in the second to win 27-19; Johnson, Williams and Mirza Teletovic all scored six points with Shaun Livingston adding four.

Wade tried to keep the Heat's fight alive as the guard scored eight points taking his total to 20, as the 32-year-old managed to score more points than his team in the two periods of play.

At half-time Brooklyn had a fine lead at 49-42 as Kidd was possibly seeing a game six around the corner, and this seemed to convert to the players as Brooklyn won the third 26-24.

Joe Johnson managed 12 points converting all of his five attempted field goals with Deron Williams adding seven to bring hope back to Brooklyn with one period left.

Heading into the fourth, Brooklyn had a nine point lead at 75-66 with Wade still leading the scoring at 26 points.

But the fourth too a drastic turn in the Heat's favour, as Spoelstra's men pulled through to win 30-19 and clinch the victory, much to the frustration of Kidd.

James hammered home a massive 14 points while Chris Bosh played his part in scoring six points.

Johnson scored his second consecutive 12 points for the visitors but it wasn't enough to take the tie back to Brooklyn.

But now for Miami it is the waiting game, as their Eastern final will be against either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards.

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