MIAMI, April 21 (Ticker) --
The Miami Heat used one of the best
defensive efforts in NBA playoff history to stifle Baron Davis
and the New Orleans Hornets.
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The Heat set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a
playoff game by clamping down on Davis and the rest of the
cold-shooting Hornets en route to a 93-63 whipping in Game 2
of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
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Miami took a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the first
time in team history. The fourth-seeded Heat did it by limiting
the Hornets to 24.4 percent (20-of-82) shooting, just off the
record-low 23.3 percent effort by Golden State against the Los
Angeles Lakers on April 21, 1973.
"They missed a lot of shots," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"They got a lot of good open looks on threes that they couldn't
knock them down."
New Orleans coach Tim Floyd had a different view after watching
the Hornets manage 20 baskets - the second-lowest total in
playoff history. Portland had 19 baskets against San Antonio on
June 4, 1999.
"I don't necessarily agree that it was just one of those tough
shooting nights," Floyd said. "I think Miami made it a tough
shooting night with their play."
Davis, hobbled by a left ankle sprain sustained in Game 1,
suffered through another nightmare shooting performance after a
4-of-15 showing in the opener. The All-Star guard was just
3-of-14 for 13 points and symbolic of New Orleans' woes, even
though he was the only Hornet in double figures.
"We just need to play better," Davis said. "We have no rhythm.
We tried to exploit them on the inside and the pick-and-rolls
and neither one of those worked. We keep playing to the strength
of their defense."
led all five starters in double figures with 19
points for Miami, which never trailed after the game's first
three minutes. Caron Butler
added 18 points and nine rebounds
and Brian Grant
collected 15 and 11.
"We stepped it up it a big way tonight," Butler said. "This was
truly one of those total team efforts."
Miami took a 43-34 lead into halftime before storming out with
the first eight points of the second half. It was part of a
dismal third quarter in which the Hornets made 2-of-19 shots and
were outscored, 24-10.
Seven different Hornets missed at least seven shots in the
lowest scoring game in their playoff history. Reserves Stacey Augmon
, Darrell Armstrong
and Steve Smith
combined to make
"Not making shots is killing us," said Hornets forward P.J. Brown
, who was 2-of-12 from the floor.
made his first three shots and scored nine of his 13
points in the first quarter. Odom, Butler and rookie Dwyane Wade
caused problems off the dribble all game, leading to plenty of
opportunities at the line that Miami cashed in with 90 percent
The fifth-seeded Hornets, who never have won a best-of-seven
series, host Game 3 on Saturday.