Hornets go inside, beat Heat to even series

Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:23pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Miami Heat effectively shut down the Charlotte Hornets' vaunted three-point shooting. However, the Hornets adjusted, and now they are making the Heat pay in other ways.

The Hornets pulled out an 89-85 victory in Game 4 on Monday to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece, and they did it by attacking the basket with drive after drive from guards Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin.

Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Miami.

Walker scored 34 points, including 11 straight in a key stretch in the fourth quarter. Lin added 21 off the bench on a night when the Hornets scored almost half their points -- 44 of 89 -- in the paint.

"We are not a one-dimensional team," Walker said. "We can get to the basket when we have to, and that's what we were able to do tonight. We've had to make plays, and we've been able to make plays."

The Hornets were third in the NBA in 3-pointers during the regular season, but they shot just 4-for-17 from 3-point range on Monday and have made just 16 3-pointers in the first four games.

"This is so different for our team," Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said.

"They're taking away so many of the things we like to do. They're making us play differently than what we've done most of the year, but we're doing what we need to do.

"We're playing aggressively and driving the ball, and Kemba is getting it done. You know how he is, he is just so confident late in the game."   Continued...

Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) pushes off Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) while going for a lose ball in the second half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the Heat 89-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports