Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets had a chance to close out the Miami Heat in their home floor in Game 6. However, the Heat won that game and returned to their home court for Sunday’s do-or-die game.
Unlike the Hornets, the Heat took full advantage and delivered a one-sided victory in Game 7 and advanced to the next round where they will face the winner of the Indiana Pacers-Toronto Raptors best-of-seven series.
Jeremy Lin had a better game than his last outing with 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting in Game 7 after shooting a poor 1 of 8 field goals in the previous game. However, majority of the blame should go to star point guard Kemba Walker, who missed 13 of 16 shots for just 9 points in 36 minutes.
As a team, the Hornets shot 32.1 % from the floor or just 27 of 84 fied goals. The Heat also outrebounded the Hornets, 58-36 and was clearly motivated by their home crowd. Miami led 29-18 after the first quarter and 54-42 after the first half.
Charlotte needed something to work after the halftime break but it was still the Heat who played with more fire and energy, outscoring the Hornets, 29-11 in the third quarter.
The blowout was on in the fourth and final quarter with Goran Dragic (25 points on 11 of 17 shooting) and Luol Deng (15 points and 8 rebounds).
This was a disappointing end to the season for Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker and the Hornets who had a great second half in the regular season and had a 3-2 series lead in this first round series.