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Nets Lose Late Again, Face Elimination On Tuesday

Game 4 was another close one with the result in the balance in the final few minutes. And once again, the Heat were the better team down the stretch, outscoring the Nets 10-2 in the final minute and a half to win by 10 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The game was close most of the way with the Heat holding the largest lead (11 points) with four minutes to go in the third. The Nets closed it to within three by the end of the quarter and had several chances to take the lead in the fourth, but failed to do so on six straight possessions, and Miami eventually built the lead back up to seven. Richard Jefferson cut it to two with 1:40 on the clock, but the Nets could not get a stop when they needed it and a Gary Payton three with 56 seconds to go sealed the game for the Heat. Jason Kidd recorded his first triple-double of the 2006 postseason and Vince Carter led the Nets with 26 points. Nenad Krstic shot the ball well for the first time in the series, but the Nets did not get it done on the defensive end, allowing Miami to shoot 53% from the field, including 8-of-19 from downtown, for the game.