MIAMI, April 30 (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade
3-pointer with 53 seconds left beat the shot clock,
snapped a tie and lifted the Miami Heat to an emotional 87-83
victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Game 5 of their
The fourth-seeded Heat overcame another virtuoso performance by
Baron Davis to take a 3-2 series lead. They can advance to the
Eastern Conference Semifinals for the first time in four years
with a win Sunday at New Orleans.
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Wade was a strong third in Rookie of the Year voting and wasted
no time validating that position by winning the series opener
with a driving shot in the final seconds. After sub-par
performances in Games 3 and 4, he bounced back with
another solid showing.
The 6-4 guard had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists and
sparked the Heat early in the fourth quarter, which featured
seven lead changes and four ties. And once again, he came up
with a clutch shot.
"I want to score and make the plays," Wade said. "It's great to
be in that situation again, even though it wasn't right at the
With the shot clock running down, Lamar Odom
threw a pass from
the left wing to the right corner to Wade, whose quickly
released shot splashed through as the buzzer sounded, giving
Miami an 83-80 lead.
"I looked up and there were three seconds left, didn't have a
clear shot and saw Dwyane waving his hands in the corner," Odom
said. "My focus at that point was to get it over to him. He
has the guts, and with a good look like that, I was raising my
hands because I knew it was going in."
"On that play, you want to catch it and shoot it, because you
know there is such little time," Wade said.
Wade is developing a quick reputation as a clutch player.
"That's my second time cheering for that dude in this series,"
Odom said. "No. 3 comes up huge for us again. He's an NBA
player. We've been able to count on him a lot."
"He wanted the ball and wanted to make the play," Heat coach
Stan Van Gundy said.
On the next possession, Caron Butler
blocked a 3-pointer by
, whose second attempt hit the side of the
backboard. Butler made three free throws in the final 31
seconds to seal the victory for the Heat, who have won 14
straight home games dating to March 2.
Davis was phenomenal, playing through ankle and elbow injuries
to collect 33 points and seven assists, many in dynamic fashion.
But it was just not enough to lift the fifth-seeded Hornets to
the first road win of the series.
"The guys played their hearts out," Hornets coach Tim Floyd
said. "Davis came up big for us, but we didn't get it done."
"All the points in the world don't mean much if you don't get
the 'W' and that didn't happen," Davis said.
The game featured six technical fouls and the ejection of Heat
guard Rafer Alston
, who picked up one for a shoving match with
Hornets forward George Lynch
midway through the third quarter
and was tossed for punching Hornets guard David Wesley
groin with 1:50 left in the period.
"That was an absolute war out there," Van Gundy said.
Wade had a pair of hoops in an 8-0 run that opened the final
quarter and gave Miami a 66-63 lead. Davis tied it with a
Davis gave New Orleans a 76-75 lead with a 3-pointer at the 3:40
mark. Eddie Jones
, who scored 25 points, answered with a
Lynch, who missed his first eight shots, sank a jumper to tie
it. After Jones missed two free throws, Jamaal Magloire
inside to give the Hornets their last lead at 80-78 with 2:18 to
Odom, who scored 16 points, tied it with a pair from the line
"Both teams scratched, fought and clawed, but we we are the ones
who got it done," Odom said.
After Miami erased an 11-point deficit, Davis took control of
the game at the end of the first half, scoring nine of New
Orleans' last 11 points to help open a 46-42 lead. He had a
3-pointer and a pair of tough driving layups before throwing in
a 70-footer just after the horn.
A three-point play by Davis gave the Hornets their largest lead
of the second half at 54-45.
"He laid it all on the line for us and played, probably, his
best game of the year," said Hornets forward P.J. Brown
, who had
12 points and 13 rebounds.