Courtney Lee, Hornets Stun Heat For 3-2 Series Lead

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Courtney Lee was the unsung hero for Charlotte Wednesday evening as the Hornets stunned the Miami Heat 90-88 to assert a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.


With 25.2 seconds left in the game, Lee hit a clutch three pointer (Watch Video Above) to give the Hornets the crucial lead. Incidentally, Lee was irate after missing an easy go-ahead layup with a little over a minute left in the fourth quarter. By making the clutch three pointer, Lee could let go of his angers and celebrate with his teammates.

“I felt I couldn’t make a shot… but the biggest one went in,” an elated Courtney Lee said after the famous win.

Bad luck for Miami Heat?

With some of the late foul calls not going their way, Miami Heat didn’t get the opportunity to close the gap and lose home advantage. With 2.6 seconds left, Miami was convinced that Dwayne Wade was fouled. Soon after, Cody Zeller wasn’t sent to the line though Heat claimed to foul him. |Final Box Score| “Look, it never is decided by those plays, but from my vantage point Dwyane certainly looked like he got fouled,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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For the Hornets, Marvin Williams led the way with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Jeremy Lin had 11 points and 7 assists off the bench. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson added 14 points apiece as Charlotte registered their third consecutive victory in the best-of-seven first round series. After taking an early 2-0 lead, Miami were overwhelming favorites to advance to the second round. Now, they are on the brink of elimination with Game 6 in Charlotte.

For the Heat, Wade top-scored 25 points and 4 assists while Luol Deng and Joe Johnson added 15 and 13 points respectively. All five Heat starters scored in double digits. Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Goran Dragic, the starting point guard, had a forgettable shooting night, going 5-15 from the field for his 10 points and 3 assists. Dragic was shut down by Lin and Walker for most of the game – forcing Wade to run the floor as the proxy floor general.

Courtney Lee was traded by Memphis Grizzlies prior to February’s trade deadline. It’s safe to say that Wednesday night marked the greatest moment of his 8-year career in the NBA.

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