Allen started the fireworks with a three-pointer, and Mario Chalmers followed with one of his own on the Heat’s next possession. Battier then added his only three-pointer of the game, and Allen knocked down another with 5:54 left to give the Heat an 11-point lead. James hit an 11-footer over Mbah a Moute, drew a foul and converted the free throw to put the Heat ahead 86-72 with 4:54 remaining.
“LeBron probably more than anything settled us,” Spoelstra said. “We ran virtually every part of our offense through him either one way or another. Either he was handling, creating a trigger at the elbow, finding open guys — what you liked about it was these were some of the same looks we were getting in the first half and we were missing those threes.”
Led by Allen, the Heat was 4 of 9 from three-point range in the fourth quarter. Allen, the 17-year veteran, finished his first playoff series with the Heat as the franchise leader in points per game off the bench by a reserve in a playoff series. He averaged 16.5 points per game over four games, scoring 16 points Sunday. He had 23 points in Game 3.
His 16.5 points per game in the series was nearly six points higher than his regular-season average. He was 13 of 28 from three-point range in the series.
“Now is the time to win,” Allen said. “Throughout my career, I’ve always had a chance to slow down and just focus on one opponent. I know who my matchup is, and you got to make the right play and be consistent with it.”
Battier finished with three points, going 1 of 5 from the field and 1 of 4 from three-point range. Overall, it was a disappointing series for the Heat’s second-string power forward. He averaged just five points per game and shot a meager .222 from three-point range. He finished the regular season with a three-point field goal percentage of .430.
Battier cut his chin in Game 2 during a fall with Bucks forward Larry Sanders, and the laceration required four stitches. Those stitches come out Monday, and Battier said he will cut his beard as soon as the sutures are removed.
Originally, Battier was planning to grow a playoff beard but scrapped that idea after an individually dreadful series.
“I shot so poorly, I’m blaming my poor shooting on my beard,” Battier said. “It was weighing me down. The aerodynamics have totally changed. It’s just got to go.”