Those who have not followed the Miami Heat all that closely this season might wonder what a 6-11 center is doing lofting up 3-pointers from the perimeter.
With under a minute remaining the in the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup and the score tied at 94, Bosh found himself wide open after taking a quick pass from teammate Mario Chalmers and lofted up a 3-pointer from the corner.
Nothing but net.
The basket broke the deadlock and ignited the late surge that resulted in the Heat’s Game 4 win.
Ray Allen’s four free throws kept the Heat in front in the remaining time, and LeBron James hit a free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining for the final margin. He missed the second to finish with 49 points, one point short of setting his career playoff scoring high.
Bosh has become an effective 3-point shooter in the eight games of these playoffs. He has attempted 29 from behind the arc, tying him with Allen for second on the Heat behind James, who has put up 36.
Bosh’s 13 makes are three more than Allen’s 10 and tie him with James for most on the team, giving him a success rate of 44.8 percent from behind the arc.
His late make against the Nets made him 2-for-6 for the night on 3-pointers. With three baskets in three attempts from inside the arc, Bosh ended up with 12 points to go with his five rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots.
This is not a recent development. Three-point shooting is a facet of his game Bosh has emphasized this season when he attempted 218 3-pointers in 79 games, making 74 (33.9 percent).
Both figures were about triple those for the 2012-13 season, he had then-career highs of 74 attempts and 21 makes. His previous highs in nine regular seasons before that were 49 and 12, respectively.
Throughout his career, Bosh has been his most effective from 3-point range at playoff time. In 796 games in the regular season, Bosh has shot 31.0 percent from 3-point range. In 77 playoff games, he is shooting 38.9 percent, including 44.8 percent (13-of-29) so far this season.
It’s something you’ll likely see continue as the Heat make their run for a potential third consecutive NBA title. It not only helps the Heat in scoring, but also draws defenders away from the basket to open up the lane for drives by James and Dwyane Wade.
The Heat can wrap up their Eastern semifinal against the Nets with a win at home in Game 5 Wednesday night (7 p.m. EDT, TNT).