LeBron Scores 49 Points in Game Four Against Brooklyn Nets

Paul Pierce asked for LeBron James. Paul Pierce got LeBron James. Be careful what you wish for, kids -- you just might get it.

LeBron James strapped the Heat on his back Monday night and carried the team to a thrilling 102-96 win that leaves Miami one win away from clinching a fourth straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance. James' 49 points tied a playoff career high and marked the most he's ever had with the Heat in the postseason.

Following the Heat's game three loss to the Nets, Paul Pierce was jawing at LeBron as he left the court. He bragged to everyone who would listen that he pleaded with coach Jason Kidd to let him guard LeBron. He knew LeBron's tendencies, he said. He's seen it all before, he said. He's not afraid of LeBron or the Heat, he let you know. Well, if he knew so much, he would have known this beatdown was coming. He was, after all, there in Boston for game six of the 2012 playoffs when LeBron scored 45 in what will go down forever as "The Demon Face LeBron Game."

You know what they say: Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

LeBron was a beast all night. He refused to be stopped. He finished with 49 points on 16 of 24 shooting and sat only five minutes of the entire game. It wasn't even that he had one crazy hot stretch in the game; it was more of a methodical ass-whooping, almost Floyd Mayweather-like.

He did deliver one dunk that even had the fans chanting "Brooooooooklyn" and oohing and aahing.

With a little more than a second remaining, James had an opportunity to nab a 50-point game, but he clanked the free throw, leaving him one short. Such a disappointment this guy, always coming up short. Oh well, if Pierce guarding LeBron again this Wednesday, he'll get another crack at it.

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