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It's poise vs. provocation in series finale

Updated: May 4, 2004, 1:18 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- In the NBA playoffs, insults can be a compliment.

The wily old New Orleans Hornets keep talking trash, tutoring the inexperienced Miami Heat in the ways of the postseason, desperate to rattle an opponent that's younger, faster and perhaps better.

Miami has searched for an answer to the taunts. A victory in Game 7 would do.

The tight, testy, 17-day playoff marathon concludes with a winner-take-all showdown Tuesday, and the Hornets are sure to try the intimidation tactics ...

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