Final

Miami wins series 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Miami wins series 4-3

Game 1: Sunday, April 18th
Hornets79Final
Heat81
Game 2: Wednesday, April 21st
Hornets63Final
Heat93
Game 3: Saturday, April 24th
Heat71Final
Hornets77
Game 4: Tuesday, April 27th
Heat85Final
Hornets96
Game 5: Friday, April 30th
Hornets83Final
Heat87
Game 6: Sunday, May 2nd
Heat83Final
Hornets89
Game 7: Tuesday, May 4th
Hornets77Final
Heat85

Hornets 79

(41-41, 16-25 away)

Heat 81

(42-40, 29-12 home)

7:00 PM ET, April 18, 2004

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
NO 22 22 15 2079
MIA 23 18 25 1581

Top Performers

New Orleans: P. Brown 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Miami: D. Wade 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Hornets' rally from 12 down falls short

MIAMI (AP) -- Even with a foul to give in the final seconds, Baron Davis and the New Orleans Hornets failed to stop Dwyane Wade.

The Miami Heat rookie drove around a gimpy Davis and sank a 7-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left to beat the Hornets 81-79 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series Sunday night.

With the game tied and 11 seconds left, Wade went to work from the point following a timeout. Davis knew he could foul but was slowed by a sore left ankle that sidelined him for nine games late in the regular season.

"I went out too far on the floor," Davis said. "He got me leaning, and I wasn't able to recover."

Once past Davis and in the lane, Wade threw up his shot over 6-foot-11 Jamaal Magloire.

"I've always been the kind of person who likes to take the shot," Wade said.

Caron Butler tipped the Hornets' ensuing inbounds pass to seal the win. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be Wednesday in Miami, where the Heat have 13 wins in a row.

The city's first playoff game since 2001 drew a Heat postseason-record crowd of 20,102, with most fans clad in black. The Heat made the mood festive rather than funereal, even though they missed 14 consecutive shots in the second quarter to fall behind by 10 points, then blew a 12-point lead with 7{ minutes left.

With the Hornets hobbled, the Heat outscored them 18-0 on fast breaks. Davis played 36 minutes on his sore ankle.

"It limited me a lot -- my movement, my drives to the basket and on defense," he said.

He limped at times and went to the locker room in the first quarter for retaping. He scored 17 points but had six turnovers and missed 11 of 15 shots.

Reserve guard Darrell Armstrong, who aggravated his sprained right ankle in practice Saturday, failed to score in 16 minutes. Forward Jamal Mashburn, left off the Hornets' playoff roster because of knee trouble, watched from the bench in a coat and tie.

"If we were 100 percent, it would definitely be a different outcome," swingman Steve Smith said.

As it was, the Hornets nearly pulled out a victory. They trailed 77-65 midway through the fourth period, then rallied to tie the game on P.J. Brown's jumper with 54 seconds left.

"We wanted to get this one real bad," Davis said. "But it's just one game in the series."

Miami managed to match the bigger Hornets in rebounds with 51. Defense helped too, with the Heat limiting All-Star center Magloire to 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

"I feel real bad about how I did," Magloire said. "I wasn't able to get into the flow."

Odom, a five-year veteran making his postseason debut, had 17 points and 11 rebounds but also seven turnovers.

Wade scored 21 points, including the biggest basket.

"We've been calling him the problem child all year," teammate Udonis Haslem said. "He creates problems for anybody that has to guard him."

The Heat won even though Eddie Jones and Brian Grant are their only players with significant postseason experience, while 10 Hornets have been there before.

"We have a little playoff experience now," Wade said.<

^Notes: Rafer Alston, who ended the regular season with a streak of at least one 3-pointer in 48 consecutive games, sank his first of the playoffs to put Miami ahead 65-59. ... Wade missed six shots in a row in the second quarter. ... Butler tied a Heat playoff record with five steals. ... The Hornets stayed in Miami between Games 1 and 2 and planned to practice Monday at the University of Miami.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NO
MIA
Points 79 81
FGM-FGA 29-72 (.403) 30-73 (.411)
3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 6-17 (.353)
FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 15-25 (.600)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-39 14-41
Assists 18 15
Turnovers 23 18
Steals 6 9
Blocks 3 2
Fast Break Points 0 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 27 (0/0)

Top Performers

New Orleans
Miami
P.J. Brown Brown
Points: 10
Reb: 11
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 21
Reb: 5
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0