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Brooklyn Nets complete season sweep of Miami Heat in nail-biter

Baller Mind Frame’s No Layups brings you the hottest NBA stories on the web mixed with personal opinion from our very own Aaron Lanton

A debated block at the buzzer. A season sweep of the NBA champions.

Hello, Brooklyn – the only NBA team this season to go unbeaten against the Miami Heat.

Mason Plumlee denied LeBron James’ dunk attempt at the rim with 2 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets finished off a four-game sweep of Miami by beating the Heat 88-87 on Tuesday night.

With Miami down by one and time running out, Rashard Lewis somehow got a pass from underneath the basket to James, who rose as Plumlee jumped to contest the play. Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit the four-time MVP’s hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got the call they wanted.

”My initial thought was to just foul and make him earn it at the free-throw line,” Plumlee said. Associated Press

End game controversy aside, this game is worth discussing because it proves the Nets are capable of defeating the Heat in late game situations. History doesn’t suggest that regular season sweeps are indicators of playoff success, but the Nets are a formidable team worthy of the recent praise received for lifting themselves from the cellars of the Eastern Conference standings. 

This game might affect the Pacers’ plans to rest starters before the playoffs. They are currently only a half game behind the Heat for the first seed. Is it worth it to rest players if you have a legitimate chance to retake the top seed? Decisions, decisions. – AL

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