Miami, Cavaliers turn up heat to go up 2-0
DWYANE Wade sank two key late baskets as the Miami Heat shot better than 57 per cent for the second straight game en route to a 115-103 play-off victory over Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
After a franchise playoff-best first half of shooting, Miami maintained control in the second half to protect home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference series and go ahead 2-0.
Game three is tomorrow in Charlotte.
In Western Conference action, LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied an NBA play-off record with 20 three-pointers in a 107-90 victory over Detroit Pistons.
Wade scored a team-high 28 points and added eight assists for the Heat, who shot 57.9 per cent from the floor on Wednesday. That followed a game one victory in which they shot 57.6 per cent.
"We came out and played the game we needed to play," he said.
The Hornets cut an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to seven with under four minutes to play but the Heat clamped down defensively.
Miami took a 72-60 lead into half-time thanks to shooting a franchise play-off-best 74.4 per cent from the field in the first half, including 7-of-10 from three-point range.
While the Heat were 9-of-16 from three-point range, the Hornets hit just 1-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Kemba Walker had a game-high 29 points and Al Jefferson scored 25 on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor for Charlotte.
The Hornets' Marvin Williams missed all 10 of his shots from the floor to finish scoreless.
Nicolas Batum had nine points and seven rebounds for the Hornets but left early in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle.
The Cavaliers now lead their series 2-0 with game three tonight in Detroit.
Cleveland had struggled to put away the Pistons in game one and toiled again until late in the third quarter on Wednesday.
They trailed by 10 points early and still were behind midway through the third quarter.
However, a Kevin Love three-pointer gave Cleveland the lead for good at 63-62.
The 20 three-pointers were more than the Cavs made in any game during the regular season and made them the fourth team to hit 20 in a post-season game.
The most recent was logged by the Golden State Warriors last year.