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NBA -- ​Hornets douse Heat, series now 2-1


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CHARLOTTE -- An 18-0 run in the third quarter blew the game wide open and propelled the Charlotte Hornets over Miami Heat, 96-80 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series at the full house Time Warner Cable Arena. The victory pulled the Hornets to within 2-1 of Miami with Game 4 set for Monday in Charlotte.

Coach Steve Clifford started with the frontline of Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson with guards Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee as the Hornets opted to play 'big' to offset the Miami Heat's height advantage. It paid dividends as the franchise finally won a playoff game for the first time in 14 years.

Swingman Nic Batum was out of the line up due to left ankle sprain he suffered last game and is doubtful for the series.

Rookie seven footer Frank Kaminsky got to show his skills in the pivotal third quarter run. He operated within the low post area as he found himself being guarded by much shorter defenders in Joe Johnson and Dwayne Wade."That's just the way it goes. You play the match ups," Kaminsky who finished with 15 points and six rebounds said. "I'm just thankful coach saw that. I was able to attack and get going."

The third quarter ended with the Hornets on top by 17 points, 75-58.





Midway through the fourth period, the Hornets built a 24 point lead with Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker leading the attack. The Heat had no answer against the onslaught and was forced to throw in the towel at the four minute mark by sending in the reserves.

"One is not enough. We want to keep on going," Walker said of the win. "We need to to get prepared for Monday. We want to get another one in front of these great fans that we have."

Jeremy Lin scored 18 points, Walker had 17 points and 7 assists, Marvin Williams shook off his recent shooting woes and finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
"Tonight was a good reminder for us what our style of basketball should be when we are doing things right. We got to built on that and we can't be comfortable," Lin said.

After shooting over 57 percent in the first two games, the Heat only shot 34.2 percent this time and were outscored by the Hornets in the paint, 52-28. Charlotte only missed one free throw 21/22 while the Heat made 19/30 free throws. The Hornets committed only 4 turnovers to Miami's 15.

Luol Deng hit his first four 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 19 points to lead the Heat. Dwayne Wade tallied 17 points while Hassan Whiteside, contributed 13 points and grabbed 18 rebounds but was in foul trouble most of the second half.


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