May 12, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first quarter in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Deron Williams and Nets Drop Game Four To Heat, 102-96

On Monday evening, former Illini guard Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets fell into a 1-3 hole as they lost game four against the Miami Heat, 102-96.

Williams played 32 minutes in the game where he scored 13 points, made 5-of-14 from the field, went 1-of-3 from three, hauled in six rebounds, and dished out seven assists.

Miami’s Big 3 might have all reached double-figures in points yet again in this series, but it was the play of LeBron James that boosted the Heat over the Nets on Monday.

James went 16-of-24 from the field and hit 14-of-19 free throws in route to 49 points in the game. This is not the first time that James has scored 49 points in a playoff game. Last time he achieved this mark was in 2009 against the Magic.

The series will now shift back to South Beach on Wednesday for a “win or go home” game for the Nets.

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