Heat and Hornets meet in crucial Game 5
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets meet
tonight in a Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal
series at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Both teams have been able to win on their homecourts, as the Heat were
victorious in Games 1 and 2 in front of their home crowd, while the Hornets
won Games 3 and 4 at New Orleans Arena.
On Tuesday, Baron Davis scored 23 points and dished out 10 assists to lead the
Hornets to a 96-85 victory over the Heat at New Orleans Arena, evening the
series at 2-2.
Stacey Augmon came off the bench and posted 17 points and six rebounds for the
Hornets, while Jamaal Magloire and David Wesley each scored 12 points. Rookie
David West added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Lamar Odom carried the Heat with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists,
but it wasn’t enough to give Miami the commanding lead in the series. Eddie
Jones contributed 16 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in with 11 points and 10
assists in the losing effort.
Miami, which is appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2001, has
never lost a playoff series after winning the first two games. In fact, the
Heat have won the first two contests of playoff series only twice, as they won
Games 1 and 2 in the first round of the postseason in 1997 against Orlando and
1999 against Detroit. The Heat beat the Magic 3-2 and swept the Pistons, 3-0.
The Heat are 3-4 all-time in Game 5s in the postseason, while the Hornets are
2-3 all-time in Game 5s.
The Hornets are 1-7 in their last eight playoff games on the road.
This is the second meeting between the two teams in the postseason. The
Hornets, who made their home in Charlotte at the time, swept the Heat in three
games in the 2001 first round.
Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday at New Orleans Arena.