The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/8/11 — Pavel Datsyuk
The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/9/11 — LeBron James
After leaving Miami with a 2-0 series lead, the Miami Heat did not want to return to the friendly confines of American Airlines Arena with the series tied at 2-2. In order to prevent such a scenario from happening, they would need to win Game 4 on the road in Boston.
They did just that, thanks in large part to the incredible all-around performance put forth by LeBron James last night.
The big question mark surrounding the Heat was whether the “Big Three” could carry their team against elite competition throughout the playoffs, and so far the answer to that question has been an emphatic “Yes.” They were at it once again last night, led by James and his game-high 35 points and 14 rebounds. He would also add three assists and three steals, as the “Big Three” combined to score 83 of the Heat’s 98 points, en route to the 98-90 overtime victory.
With the win, the Heat now have a commanding 3-1 series lead and they will have the opportunity to close this second-round series out at home on Wednesday. With the Bulls struggling to get by the Atlanta Hawks, the extra rest would be great for Miami at this point in the post-season, as would a possible Eastern Conference match-up with the fifth-ranked Hawks. But for now, they sit one game away from reaching the next round, thanks to LeBron’s Game 4 performance. As a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, May 9, 2011.