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Raptors edge Miami to take 2-1 series lead

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Dwyane Wade’s 38 points were not enough to keep the Toronto Raptors from regaining control of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series. The Raptors came from behind to take a 95-91 victory at American Airlines on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead. Wade scored 29 of his 38 points in the second half, but none of his teammates scored more than six during that period. Kyle Lowry, who struggled with his shot throughout the playoffs, found his stroke for Toronto…

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Heat defeat Hornets to force Game 7

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The Miami Heat lived to play another day following their 97-90 win over Charlotte in Game 6 of their NBA astern Conference first round playoff series. The victory evened the series at three games each and forced a decisive Game 7 on Sunday at American Airlines Arena in Miami. As he had done for so many years, Dwyane Wade took charge late in the game to lead the Heat to victory. His two key three-pointers at the end kept the Hornets…

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Hornets put Heat on brink of elimination with 90-88 victory

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The Miami Heat dropped a heartbreaking 90-88 decision on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The loss at American Airlines Arena put the Hornets ahead 3-2 in their best of seven NBA Eastern Conference playoffs first round series. Courtney Lee made two huge plays for Charlotte at both ends of the court in the final 25 seconds to lead his team to victory. The Hornets can end Miami’s season with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Charlotte. After…

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Kemba Walker leads Charlotte to playoff win over Miami, 89-85

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Kemba Walker put the Charlotte Hornets on his back and led his team to an 89-85 NBA playoff victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night. Their best-of-seven first round series is now tied 2-2. Charlotte was down early, but used a huge third quarter run to turn the game around. After Miami recovered, Walker single-handedly kept his team in front, especially in the fourth quarter. Miami built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led 26-19 heading into…

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Hornets swarm Heat, 96-80

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The Charlotte Hornets put on a second half blitz to claim a 96-80 victory over the Miami Heat in their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff series on Saturday. The win reduced the Heat’s lead in the series to 2-1. It was Charlotte’s first playoff victory in 14 years. After shooting 58 percent in both of the first two games played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Heat were only able to connect on 34 percent of their…

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Heat check: Miami’s hot shooting buries Hornets again

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The Miami Heat continued their torrid postseason shooting and rolled to a 115-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami shot 58 percent from the field, matching their 58 percent shooting in their 123-91 Game 1 victory, also at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat scored from every angle in the first half, shooting a team record 74 percent in the first half to establish a 72-60 lead. For their part, Charlotte was…

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Heat stings Hornets, 123-91

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The Miami Heat cruised to a 123-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Game 1 of their best-of–seven first round playoff series on Sunday at American Airlines Arena. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami. Despite the fact both teams finished the season with a 48-34 record, the Heat overwhelmed Charlotte early on. With Miami leading 13-11 with 7:43 left in the first quarter, the Heat finished the quarter on a 28-11 run to take a 41-22 lead. The best…

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