Heat vs. Nets: LeBron James Scores 17 Straight to Lead Heat Comeback

Daniel ManichelloContributor IIIApril 16, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 16:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat makes a basket in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Heat a 98-897 lead against Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on April 16, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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LeBron James single-handedly rescued the Heat from a disappointing loss at the New Jersey Nets.  

Miami took their first lead of the game with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter; LeBron's drive past Kris Humphries and subsequent layup was LeBron's 13th straight point for the Heat.

He finished with a jumper surrounded by four white shirts and then two free throws after the Nets fouled him with 10.6 seconds to play. A sizable contingent of Heat fans at the Prudential Center chanted "MVP, MVP" as the final horn sounded on Miami's 43rd win of the season, 101-98.

On a night when Dwyane Wade sat for rest and the Heat struggled with turnovers, it was a comeback win that came out of nowhere.  LeBron's fourth quarter will undoubtedly overshadow a fine night from a couple of Nets including Humphries (29 points) and MarShon Brooks, who added 24 points in the losing effort.

But in a fourth quarter performance reminiscent of the flurry at the end of Game 5 in last year's Eastern Conference finals, LeBron was the central figure tonight.  

He finished with 37 points on 11-19 shooting. Chris Bosh had another double-double, his second in as many nights, with 22 points to go with 15 rebounds.  Bosh's versatile game, hitting from outside and breaking down defenders (notably Humphries on one occasion) was key to keeping the Heat close as the Nets had a good shooting touch going.

LeBron even facilitated an introduction for Heat rookie guard Norris Cole with rap mogul and Nets minority owner Jay-Z at the conclusion of the game.  Jay-Z sat courtside with Beyonce and Beyonce's nephew, who turned out to be the beneficiary of LeBron's generosity after the game as James hooked him up with his headband, wristbands and even a signed pair of his game-worn shoes.