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Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

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Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

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FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

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Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

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Heat back in East finals after ousting Nets

Published on -5/15/2014, 10:08 AM

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MIAMI (MCT) -- Call it five the hard way.

But after several harrowing moments Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, including a singular scoring binge by Joe Johnson, the Heat are finally done with the Brooklyn Nets.

Down for almost all of the second half, the Heat rallied for a 96-94 escape that pushed them into the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth consecutive year.

"To be in this position four years in a row, this is the reason we came together," guard Dwyane Wade said. "We're a team that doesn't take it for granted."

Finally, after the Nets fumbled away the games' final possession, the Heat could exhale. Briefly.

"We still have some business to take care of," forward LeBron James said. "But it's great to put ourselves in a position to get to where we want to go."

Next up for the Heat are the Indiana Pacers or Washington Wizards.

"We said the No. 1 key in this series would be great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, with exactly that required for the Heat to close out the Nets 4-1 in the best-of-seven series. "Our guys were the strongest when we were down at the end."

The decisive shot was a Ray Allen corner 3-pointer with 32 seconds to play, part of a closing 13-3 run.

"We did what we needed to do, when we had to do it," Allen said.

The Heat held on after that shot on a night Wade took care of the Heat offense early and James handled it late, with a little 3-point help from center Chris Bosh.

"They made plays, they made shots, and we didn't," Nets coach Jason Kidd.

Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, with James scoring 29 for the Heat and Wade adding 28. Center Chris Bosh, who struggled on the boards but thrived from the 3-point line, added 16 points for the Heat.

Of stepping up with a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers after earlier struggles, Bosh said, "Gotta keep it cool. Gotta breathe."

For the Nets, it's over, the $180 million-plus spent on payroll and luxury tax yielding a grand total of five playoff wins.

"We let it slip away," guard Deron Williams said. "These last two [games] are really hard to take right now."

The Nets' approach was clear from the out: Anybody but James, who scored 49 in Monday's Game 4 victory at Barclays Center.

"I figured they would do that coming off the explosion I had in Game 4," James said.

That's where Wade helped get him going, with 20 points in the first half.

"I just took it upon myself to be very aggressive," Wade said. "In the second half, I didn't have to be as aggressive."

Should the Pacers win Thursday's Game 6 in Washington, the Eastern Conference finals would open Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Indiana. Otherwise, the Eastern Conference finals would open Tuesday.

The Heat opened the fourth quarter with 3-pointers from Rashard Lewis and James to move within 75-72, starting the period without a point guard in the lineup. But with Johnson scoring on a driving runner and Paul Pierce following up with a 3-pointer, the Nets were back to an 82-73 lead with 8:11 left.

It wasn't over.

With a pair of James free throws and a Bosh 3-pointer, the Heat moved back within 82-78.

From there, seemingly every time the Heat made a move, Johnson came back with a basket, even with James moving over on the defensive assignment.

"In the fourth quarter, Joe gave me everything I wanted," James said. "He was torching me."

With 2:48 left, James then converted a 3-pointer that drew the Heat within 91-86.

Later, with 2:07 to play, Bosh secured his first rebound of the game, with Wade scoring on the other end to draw the Heat within 91-88.

After a stop, the Heat got James to the line, where he made both foul shots to improve to 14 of 15 from the line and bring the Heat within 91-90.

The Heat then worked a set where James dished to point guard Mario Chalmers, who found Allen in the left corner with what Spoelstra called a "corkscrew" pass for a 3-pointer that put them up 93-91 with 32 seconds to play.

Chalmers saw the assist differently.

"It was a good pass," he said.

It was all Allen needed.

"Ray's three was the result of thousands of hours practicing that shot," Spoelstra said.

After forcing a miss by Nets guard Shaun Livingston, the Heat got the ball to Allen, who was fouled and made a pair of free throws with 21.6 seconds to play.

The Nets then got a second-chance 3-pointer from Johnson to close within 95-94 with 11.4 seconds left.

James then was fouled, missing the first attempt but making the second for a 96-94 Heat lead with 9.5 seconds to play, leading the Nets to call their final timeout.

The Heat then forced the Nets into a scramble, with the ball going out of bounds off the Heat in front of the Heat bench with 5 seconds to play. The Nets' possession was confirmed by video replay.

The Nets, without a timeout, used the break to set up a play, with the Heat again knocking the ball out of bounds.

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