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MIAMI -- LeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air. Mario Mandzukic Jersey . Next stop: The Eastern Conference finals. Again. James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds as the Heat rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning the second-round matchup 4-1. "Its always been like that for us," James said. "Its never easy. Its never easy for us." Sure looks easy, though. It was the 10th straight series win for the two-time defending NBA champions. "When we met the first day for prep we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Thats what it was down the stretch ... incredible focus." Incredible defence, too, when it was needed most. Down by eight with less than five minutes left, the Heat forced Brooklyn into nine straight missed shots while peeling off a 12-0 run to take the lead. Allens 3-pointer off an assist by Mario Chalmers with 32 seconds remaining was the go-ahead moment, and the Heat wouldnt trail again. Allen disrupted Joe Johnsons dribble on the games final play, James then swatted the bouncing ball out of everyones reach, time expired -- and the Heat advanced. "Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didnt." Chris Bosh scored 16 and Allen finished with 13 for Miami. Johnson had 34 points, Paul Pierce scored 19 and Deron Williams had 17 for the Nets. Its the sixth trip to the East title series in the last 10 seasons for Miami, which is bidding for a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals -- something only the Lakers and Celtics franchises have accomplished. James is heading to the East finals for the sixth time in eight seasons, the first two of those trips coming with Cleveland in 2007 and 2009. The Heat will next face either fifth-seeded Washington or top-seeded Indiana. The Pacers lead that series 3-2, one win away from setting up a rematch with Miami that seemed like an absolute certainty for much of the season. "Obviously, we thought this was a game we should have won," Johnson said. Brooklyn led 49-42 at the half, with Miami missing 15 of its first 16 tries from 3-point range. The Nets closed the half on an 8-0 run and the lone bright spot in the opening 24 minutes for Miami was Wade, who had 20 points -- more than any other two players to that point combined -- on 7-for-12 shooting. "He has a way, right? Hes a playoff warrior," Spoelstra said. Eventually, barely, Miami broke through. But it took most of the second half to get there, since whenever Miami tried to put together a run Brooklyn found a way to keep things together. -- A layup from James late in the third got the Heat within three; a minute later, the margin was eight again. -- A free throw from James with 9:03 left cut Brooklyns lead to 77-73; less than a minute later, it was 82-73 after a 3-pointer by Pierce. -- A 3-pointer by Bosh made it a four-point game again; two Brooklyn possessions and zero Miami stops later, it was 86-78 after a sensational step-back jumper by Johnson. And when Johnson connected on another tough shot with 4:49 left, it was 91-83 and the Nets could sense that the night would be theirs. Then the Heat scored the next 12 points, and that was enough. Barely, but enough. "For us, it was just about getting stops," Wade said. "We knew offensively that we needed to execute, but we knew we werent going to win the game unless we got some stops." For the Nets, more than $180 million in salary and luxury tax was supposed to bring a championship. Instead, billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov got only a trip to the second round as his return on a massive investment. Brooklyn lost centre Brook Lopez to a broken foot after 17 games, struggled through the first two months of the season, then turned it on after Jan. 1. "We fought back and hung in there this year," Williams said. "A lot of people counted us out." Some big decisions -- mainly regarding the futures of Pierce and Kevin Garnett -- will have to be made by the Nets. Pierce will be a free agent; Garnett has a year left on his deal, though its been speculated he will consider retirement. Garnett left without comment. "Emotions are too fresh right now," Pierce said. Miamis future is more clear. The East finals await. NOTES: Wade had 12 points in the first quarter, his highest-scoring output from an opening period in his last 179 regular-season and playoff games. ... Both of Johnsons 30-point games in these playoffs came on the road. He had 32 at Toronto on April 30. Gianluigi Buffon Jersey . However, Jim Popp isnt sure how long hell be able to admire wide receiver Duron Carter. Juan Cuadrado Jersey . "After consultation with the Team USA medical staff and officials, it was determined that he should return to Winnipeg as a precaution due to his previous injury history," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday in a statement.Kimi Raikkonen says he has been pleasantly surprised by Ferraris form this weekend at Suzuka. The Finn has qualified third for Sundays Japanese GP, beaten by the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton by just three tenths of a second.While Ferraris form has been much improved in Japan compared to their modest showing in Malaysia last week, Raikkonen himself is enjoying something of a resurgence. After suffering resounding defeats to team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso over the last two seasons, the former world champions latest defeat of Vettel comes in the wake of three successive fourth-place finishes. Raikkonen currently heads his Scuderia colleague by seven points in the standings.Brundle doubts Vettel stayYou always feel like you want to improve here and there, Raikkonen told Sky F1. We suffered understeer here, which hurts a lot in the first sector when there are a lot of fast corners, but you always feel like if you get it perfect you can go much faster but its not often you can say l got it perfect. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. But it was good today although obviously we want to go better.Ferrari have selected nine sets of soft tyres, more than any other team, for this weekends event and Raikkonen believes the stability has benefited their track performance.  Ted Kravitz gives his thoughts on Saturdays qualifying session at the Japanese Grand Prix. Paulo Dybala Jersey. It doesnt harm, thats for sure. I mean its always more easy when you have more sets of the same compound so you can fine-tune a little bit but obviously in qualifying theres not an awful lot that you can do that is correct or not.The Finn added: Positively surprised how well the cars been behaving and how quick its been. Obviously its been a bit tricky to get the right balance but its been pretty good and so far so good but obviously third is not exactly what were looking for but I think were pretty close. It was not too bad.The F1 title run-in continues with the Japanese GP, live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend. 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