The first-round NBA Playoff series pitting the Miami Heat against the Charlotte Hornets comes down to decisive Game Seven on Sunday. The game will stream live online for free and legally as the Eastern Conference third-seeded Heat attempt to complete their comeback after falling behind three games to two.
After being forced to go on the road to survive Game Six on Friday, the Heat rode a clutch fourth-quarter performance from their 34-year-old superstar, Dwayne Wade. The veteran player tallied 10 of his 23 points in the final frame, including a daring three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining followed by a fadeaway jump shot just seconds later, to bury the surging Hornets and send the series back to Miami for the Game Seven decider.
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Fifth-year, 25-year-old Charlotte guard Kemba Walker tossed in a game-high 37 points, but no other Hornets player put up more than 18 as Miami and Wade ended up on the winning end of a 97-90 duel.
Luol Deng also scored 21 for Miami on Friday; the only other Heat player besides Wade to top 20 for the visitors.
Though Charlotte was seeded sixth, the Hornets and the Heat finished the NBA regular season with identical 48-34 records, and they split the four head-to-head regular season games they played. With their playoff series now tied 3-3, Miami and Charlotte have proven to be evenly matched in the postseason as well.
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Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, May 1 — 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
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After winning the first two games at home, Miami proceeded to drop the next three straight to put their backs against the wall Friday, only to be rescued by Wade’s last-minute heroics.
“You’ve got two teams that are very equal,” Wade said after Game Six on Friday in Charlotte. “It takes special performances. I play for these moments. It’s what make you feel alive.”
Hornets center Al Jefferson had a huge third quarter for Charlotte on Friday, with 10 points as he also drew a crucial foul against his opposite number, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, who was then forced to sit with four fouls.
Whiteside then fouled out with three minutes to go in the game, although afterward, he complained about what he saw as flopping by the Hornets.
“I knew they were going to throw their heads back,” Whiteside said, adding that he was already hampered by a bruised right thigh that bothered him throughout the game.
Backup center Cody Zeller scored 12 points for Charlotte while Jeremy Lin came off the bench to notch eight.
Miami also won the battle of the boards, grabbing 46 rebounds to just 31 for Charlotte.
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