Hornets buzz Miami to get first win of series
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis scored 21 points and David
Wesley added 18, leading the Hornets to a 77-71 win over the Miami Heat in
Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at New Orleans Arena.
Jamaal Magloire added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who now
trail the best-of-seven set two games to one with Game 4 scheduled for
Tuesday in New Orleans.
“It’s just physical. They’re a tough team and we know if we’re going to win
the series we’ve got to get down and dirty with them,” Hornets forward P.J.
Caron Butler paced the Heat with a game-high 24 points and 15 boards. Lamar
Odom had 18 points and Rafer Alston chipped in 10 for Miami, which is
appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2001. The Heat also have
never lost a playoff series when they won the first two games.
“I expect it to pick up. We’re not losing without a fight,” Odom said. “Every
time it’s going to come down to the wire and be a close game. It’s going to be
a schoolyard scrap.”
New Orleans jumped out to an early 10-point lead after Davis’ jumper staked
the Hornets to a 15-5 cushion. Miami, though, scored nine of the next 13
points to pull within 19-14 after 12 minutes of play.
Davis buried a three-pointer five minutes into the second quarter and the
Hornets had a 28-19 lead. The Heat got within four points twice after that but
trailed by a 41-29 score at halftime.
Davis led all scorers at the break with 17 points, while Alston paced the Heat
Wesley knocked down a three-pointer early in the third quarter, pushing the
lead to 44-35. New Orleans later grabbed a 53-41 lead on a P.J. Brown basket.
Miami, though, ended the quarter on a 9-4 run and trailed 57-50 after 36
minutes of action.
Odom’s basket almost four minutes into the fourth quarter made it a four-point
game again at 61-57. New Orleans later grabbed some breathing room after
Wesley’s field goal made it 67-59.
The Heat wouldn’t go down easy as Udonis Haslem’s jumper with 3 1/2 minutes to
go closed the gap to four at 69-65. Miami later made it a two-point game at
71-69 on two free throws by Butler.
After a New Orleans basket, Butler buried two more foul shots with 1:47 left
and the lead was 73-71. Butler then missed on a three-point try and New
Orleans took over.
With 55.2 seconds on the clock, Magloire was fouled and sank both attempts for
a 75-71 edge. Alston and Eddie Jones both missed three-point attempts down the
stretch and Stacey Augmon’s free throws with 6.6 seconds left sealed the win.