Dwyane Wade’s explosive performance in the fourth quarter paid off as the Miami Heat forced a Game 7 after beating the Charlotte Hornets, 97-90, in the Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoff series on Friday night.
Dwayne Wade led the Heat scoring 23 points, 10 points from the fourth quarter. Wade pushed a five-point lead by making a shot with 19.5 seconds remaining in the game. His dominance did not stop as he managed to control Kemba Walker on the defensive end with a block from behind in the last seconds of the game.
The Heat took control in the start of the game scoring 59 points in the first half resulting to an 11-point lead against the Hornets.
However, in the second half, the Heat seemed to be in big trouble after Hassan Whiteside early got his fourth foul 3:43 remaining in the third quarter. The Hornets took advantage of the Heat losing their big man to close the gap to five points. Whiteside’s struggle continued after being fouled out 2:54 remaining in the game.
Kemba Walker’s huge scoring performance, 37 points, almost eliminated the Heat but seemed to be not enough after they end up losing with a seven-point lead. Walker managed to close the gap to a two-point lead with 1:33 remaining, 90-88. The Hornets made a huge stop with 1:15 remaining resulting for the Heat to have a 24-second violation.
However, the Heat took over in the remaining seconds of the game and the Hornets failed to answer. Also, the Hornets drew a lot of offensive fouls resulting for the Heat to convert their turnover into points.
The Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan seemed to be very tense throughout the game and no one ever saw him smile since the Hornets failed to take the lead even once in the game.
Game 7 between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets will be on Sunday at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
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