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Lakers agree to deal with Walton as next coach

Luke Walton is headed back to the Lakers -- this time as a head coach. The sides have agreed to a deal, with GM Mitch Kupchak saying "we feel he's going to start an outstanding" career here.

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Wade leads Heat past Hornets to keep season alive

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, including 10 in a frantic fourth quarter, and Luol Deng had 21 to power Miami past Charlotte and force a deciding Game 7 on Sunday.

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Luke Walton agreed to be Lakers' coach

The team and Walton have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for the 36-year-old to become the next head coach of the team. He'll begin his duties at the end of the Warriors' season.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Final: Heat 97, Hornets 90. Dwyane Wade scores 10 of his 23 in the fourth quarter, including his first 3-pointers of 2016, to make sure this series will be decided on Miami's turf if not Miami's terms. Game 7 on Sunday.

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

A huge hug from Chris Bosh for Dwyane Wade, who pushes the Heat to a Game 7 through sheer force of will. (And some nice 3s)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat beat Hornets 97-90 to force a decisive Game 7. The ViewFromVegas is they did it as 2-point road underdogs and +110 on the money line. The game stayed under the betting total of 192.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade, who hadn't hit a 3 in 2016, drills one and then a shot with Courtney Lee draped all over him to seal a 97-90 win. Hornets get 37 from Kemba Walker, the second-most in Hornets franchise playoff history, but are heading back to Miami for a Game 7 on Sunday.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Another dagger from Dwyane Wade. He's so pumped with anger and adrenaline that he does an extra lap around the timeout huddle and doesn't sit. He's just barking.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade with his second 3-pointer in clutch time. He told reporters the other day that he CHOOSES not to shoot him, not that he can't. What a time to dust off that weapon. Heat up 93-88.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Luke Walton was the Lakers first choice and the only candidate they interviewed, source tells ESPN. They had other meetings lined up but cancelled them after yesterday's interview with Walton in Oakland.

Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith

This is the coming out party for Kemba Walker. If y'all ain't watching this, y'all are missing something special. Unreal performance

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets climb back from 9-point deficit to get to within 90-88 with 1:33 left to play. I don't know how this finishes, but it's truly been a privilege to cover this series.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey: "I know we'll respond. We can't allow our offense to go over to the defensive end."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Kemba Walker up to 37 points on the night, 14 coming in the fourth. Heat up 90-88 with 1:33 left.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

That was Dwyane Wade's first 3-pointer of 2016. Meanwhile, Hassan Whiteside fouls out.