NEW ORLEANS, May 2 (Ticker) - Baron Davis
got some help from his
teammates. The New Orleans Hornets got some help from the Miami
Frontcourt starters Jamaal Magloire
, George Lynch
and P.J. Brown
gave Davis some support and the Hornets forced Game Seven in
their Eastern Conference first-round series with an 89-83
victory over the sloppy Heat.
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P.J. Brown lets the home crowd in New Orleans know there will be a Game 7.
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Davis had 15 points and 12 assists as the Hornets became the
first team in the 2004 postseason to win an elimination game.
The All-Star guard was not as spectacular as he was in Friday's
Game Five loss at Miami, when he was a virtual one-man team.
Instead of looking for his offense, Davis got his teammates
"My job is to get them the ball," Davis said. "I don't have to
score a lot for us to beat these guys. I just have to play with
poise and have a good floor game. The only thing we have to do
is not turn the ball over. As long as we continue to get shots
and offensive rebounds, we are a real good team, but we have to
limit our turnovers and get a good shot each time."
Magloire, an All-Star who scored just 10 points Friday, had 14
and nine rebounds. Lynch, who had five points on 1-of-9
shooting Friday, bounced back with a playoff career-high 16
"We just tried to make it a half-court game and control the
tempo, which plays to our favor," Lynch said. "We're a bigger
team, more physical, and we should have an edge in that type of
The Hornets also got a lift from P.J. Brown, who had 16 points,
nine boards, and three assists. Brown had been averaging 7.2
points on just 29 percent shooting but helped New Orleans own a
60-32 advantage in frontcourt scoring.
"I definitely think the stakes were raised today in an
elimination game and our backs against the wall," Brown said.
"For us to extend our season we had to give everything we had
and just leave it out on the floor. I thought everybody that
played gave everything they had. It was just a very intense
Davis had just four points in the first half, but the Hornets
didn't need him to score - not with the Heat shooting 30 percent
(12-of-40) with 14 straight misses at one point and committing
"If I had the answer, we wouldn't be facing a Game Seven," said
rookie Dwyane Wade
, who led the Heat with 27 points. "They
played us well in the first half, but we have to come out with
The Heat, who never led, tied it with 3:37 to play in the first
quarter on a driving layup by forward Lamar Odom
. But Odom was
assessed a technical foul for taunting, and the Hornets scored
18 of the next 19 points to open a 32-15 lead with 7:29
remaining until halftime.
Odom had a subpar game, scoring just nine points on 3-of-12
shooting with six turnovers before fouling out.
"We've got to play our game (in Game Seven)," said Odom. "It's
going to be a tough game. Whoever makes the most plays at the
end of the game, and the least mistakes, is going to win."
Miami had another drought in the third quarter, falling behind
65-46 with 3:45 left in the third quarter as Davis began to look
for his offense. A late surge by the Heat fell short, setting
up Game Seven at Miami on Tuesday.
"I thought the Hornets played great," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "They dominated the game on both ends of the floor. The
only positive part for us (is) we didn't quit. We've been that
way all year. We won't quit or go away. That could have been a
25- or 30-point game. We got dominated today for 42 minutes."