Allen saves Heat with four-point play
by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
Remember all those questions about whether it would be LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh taking the final shot for the Miami Heat in close games?
Maybe every once in a while it’s fine to choose “none of the above.”
With the Heat trailing the Denver Nuggets by one point and 14.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, James took the ball and drove to the lane. But James kicked the ball to Ray Allen, who buried a corner three while being fouled by Corey Brewer. Allen hit the subsequent free throw to seal a 119-116 win.
Chris Bosh did the heavy lifting for most of the game, scoring 40 points on 15-for-22 shooting, but Allen provided the late boost the Heat so sorely needed. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and was 6-for-10 beyond the arc for the game.
If Allen didn’t endear himself to Heat fans by helping edge the Boston Celtics, his performance as designated closer Saturday did the trick.
The Nuggets dropped to 0-3 after the loss. Did anyone ask Kosta Koufos if it’s time to hit the panic button?