Jeremy Lin and Courtney Lee made the key baskets down the stretch the Charlotte Hornets got the big road win, 90-88 over the Miami Heat on Wednesday to grab the 3-2 series lead in their first round series in the Eastern Conference in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
With 2:05 left in the game, Lin hit a long two-pointer to cut a Heat down to one, 88-87. Charlotte played good defense the rest of the way and shut out Miami. Lee, who missed an earlier open fastbreak lay-up, hit a three-pointer of his own offensive rebound to give the Hornets the lead and the game.
Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade had chances to tie the game in the final seven seconds but both had their shots blocked as the Hornets held on to the win and grabbed the lead in this best-of-seven series.
Jeremy Lin, who had a good all-around game of 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, and the Hornets have a chance to close out the series on Friday when the best-of-seven goes back to Charlotte.
Marvin Williams led the way for Charlotte with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson had 14 points each.
“There’s no reason for me to look at it,” Wade, who sounded like a sore loser, said to ESPN thinking that he got fouled in one of the final plays. “It ain’t going to change anything. I thought I did. It wasn’t called.”
Wade led his team in scoring with 25 points and all Miami starters scored in double-figures in the loss including Luol Deng, who had 16 points.
This is the third straight game for Jeremy Lin in these playoffs as the Asian-American guard was also key in the Hornets’ Games 3 and 4 victories scoring 18 and 21 points, respectively in the previous two games.