By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)

In a must win for the Brooklyn Nets, they were less than a minute away from tying this series up at 2-2 -- despite LeBron James tying his career playoff high with 49 points.

James' 49 comes dramatically after Paul Pierce asked for the defensive assignment earlier in the day.

That didn't work out too well for Pierce and Brooklyn.

A monumental three-pointer by Chris Bosh in the corner with 57.3 seconds left propelled the Heat to a tight grip 3-1 series lead with Game 5 back in Miami on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn, a battle tested team, looks to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series, which has only been done once since 2006.

James had 12 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 15 in the third and 9 in the fourth, ending the night with 49 points. He also had a chance at 50, but missed the final free throw of the game.

Late in the fourth, James picked up his fifth foul, and Brooklyn looked to exploit that by going to Joe Johnson on two consecutive shot possessions, which ended up with the Heat scoring on the opposite end. 

A major factor missing in Game 4 from Brooklyn was their inability to make three-point shots as they did in Game 3. In the last four minutes, the Nets only connected on one out of eight shot attempts. 

The Nets have a tall task ahead of them, but Miami looks to close this series out on Wednesday night and head to their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals.