Date: Apr 25, 2016
By: AFP, LOS ANGELES
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points to lead a balanced Charlotte attack on Saturday as the Hornets
beat the Miami Heat 96-80 for their first NBA playoff victory in 14 years.
After two deflating defeats in Miami, the Hornets fed off their home crowd to trim the deficit in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series to 2-1.
In the late game on Saturday, Damian Lillard scored a game-high 32 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 96-88 to cut the Clippers lead in the series to 2-1.
The Hornets led by five points at halftime and held the Heat scoreless for almost seven minutes in an 18-0 scoring run in the third quarter that built their lead to 71-53.
The cushion grew to as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter as six Charlotte players finished in double figures.
It was a complete reversal from the Heat’s 106-80 home win in Game 1 and a 115-103 win in Game 2. [FULL STORY]