2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
48-34, 1st in Southeast
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Wade: 'I loved the fight of our team today' (1:16)
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Wade, Heat avoid elimination (2:11)
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The 'Purple Shirt Man' gets testy with Dwyane Wade (0:38)
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Heat force Game 7 with win over Hornets

Dwyane Wade scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat forced their first-round series to a seventh game with a 97-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

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.

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Did Richardson just bite the basketball? (0:16)
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Walker's layup brings team within two (0:43)

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.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets turn a 9-point game into a 4-point game in under two minutes. Heat up 85-81 with 4:21 to go.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Nic Batum is doubtful to return with the same left foot strain that kept him out of Games 3 and 4, according to the Hornets.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte not getting many looks from 3 (3-for-12 tonight) and also not getting the penetration it got in the past two games in Charlotte to offset it. The Hornets are shooting 21-for-22 from the free-throw line and have just 4 turnovers, but Jeremy Lin, their best offensive player, this series, is 0-for-7 for 6 points. Heat up 75-70 heading into the fourth.

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Welcome to Whiteside's block party (0:42)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Hornets shoot just 35% from the floor in the second quarter as Justise Winslow puts the pressure on their drivers and Hassan Whiteside (4 blocks) shuts down the paint. Jeremy Lin, Charlotte's best offensive player this postseason, is 0-for-6, and the Heat are shooting 60% overall, most on good looks. Hornets need answers. Heat up 59-50 at half.

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Heat, Hornets back-to-back blocks (0:10)

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Kemba Walker getting faint "M-V-P" chants at the line.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Hassan Whiteside picks up his second foul and Cody Zeller gets 6 quick points against the Heat's small-ball look. Miami, with 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from Luol Deng, up 27-24 after 1Q.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Oh my. Kemba Walker already has the crowd going after that dart to the paint and a pull-up 3 in transition. He's got 9 points. Hornets up 18-11 with 5:04 left in the first quarter.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Game 6.

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Watch: Game 6 of Hornets-Heat

Charlotte is one win away from reaching the conference semifinals for the first time since 2002. Miami will try to stop that and force Game 7. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Batum becomes a dad in the hours before Game 6

Hornets forward Nicolas Batum will play Game 6 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Heat on just two hours of sleep after the birth of his son early Friday.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Nicolas Batum has balloons at his locker, including an "It's A Boy" one. Batum's first child was delivered at 1:30 a.m. this morning.

ESPN Stats

Teams to never reach conference finals

The Clippers' hopes of reaching the conference finals for the first time are fading. However, if both Charlotte and Toronto advance out of the first round on Friday, one of the two will reach the ECF for the first time.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte is split down the middle in teal and purple for tonight's Game 6.

Team Stats

Points Per Game103.411th
Rebounds Per Game43.914th
Assists Per Game21.719th
Points Allowed100.79th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-164834.585
2014-153349.402
2013-144339.524
2012-132161.256
2011-12759.106

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