Heat take series lead with win over Hornets
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones scored 25 points and rookie Dwyane
Wade added 21, as Miami beat New Orleans 87-83 in Game 5 of their first round
Lamar Odom chipped in with 16 points for the Heat, who took a 3-2 lead in the
series after dropping Games 3 and 4 in New Orleans. No team has won on the
road in this series.
Miami has won 15 consecutive games at AmericanAirlines Arena, including the
final 12 regular season games they played there.
“Both teams knew how important this game was,” Odom said. “Both teams were
ready to do whatever they had to do to win the game — scratch, cuss,fight,
pull, grab, whatever. But we got it done.”
New Orleans was led by Baron Davis’ 33 points and seven assists, both game-
highs. P.J. Brown added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Jamaal Magloire scored
10 with 10 boards for the Hornets, who led by as many as 11 points in the
Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday at New Orleans Arena.
“We’ve got to win,” Hornets guard Darrell Armstrong said. “If we don’t, get
your golf clubs, get your fishing gear, get ready for summer.”
Wade hit just about as clutch a shot as a rookie has seen these playoffs.
With 54 seconds left in the game, he drilled a huge three-pointer as the shot
clock expired to give the Heat an 83-80 lead. Caron Butler blocked an
Armstrong three-point attempt at the other end, and New Orleans never
“I was smiling inside, just wanting to get the shot off,” Wade said. “I love
that the guys would look to me at that time.”
Butler’s free throw at the other end gave Miami a four-point advantage, and he
added two more to make it 86-80. Steve Smith hit a three-pointer to pull the
Hornets within 86-83, but a Jones free throw extended Miami’s lead to four
with 14 seconds remaining.
New Orleans was left without a timeout, and Davis and Smith both missed shots
before the end.
“We were in control the whole game, and down the stretch we kind of lost our
composure,” Davis said.
The Heat rebounded from a poor first-half performance to shoot 44 percent from
the game. They were 14-of-26 in the second half, and 8-of-12 in the fourth
quarter when they outscored New Orleans 29-20.
The Hornets shot just 35 percent in the game, and made only 12 of their 45
attempts in the second half.
Miami trailed for much of the game, but used an 13-2 run over the third and
fourth quarters to erase an eight-point deficit and take a 66-63 lead. Wade’s
runner in the lane gave the Heat their first lead since the second quarter,
and Udonis Haslem capped the surge with a pair of free throws at 9:26 of the
New Orleans didn’t score its first points of the fourth until 8:24, when
Davis’ three-point play tied the game at 66.
The Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but never really
took control. They were up 24-14 at the end of the first quarter after going
on a 10-4 spurt to end the period, but Miami used an impressive 13-0 run to
lead briefly in the second.
Jones scored 11 of his 13 first half points during the surge which gave the
Heat a 35-33 edge with four minutes remaining before the break. Jones hit a
pair of threes during the burst.
The teams played close after that, and New Orleans led 46-42 heading into the
Davis had 20 first half points for the Hornets, who shot 47 percent before the
break. Jones led Miami, which shot just 39 percent.
The Hornets made just five of their 18 shots in the third quarter, but they
never let Miami get closer than three. The Heat were just 6-of-14 from the
floor in the period, and trailed 63-58 heading into the fourth.