Miami Heat crush the Charlotte Hornets in game seven of their first round playoff series

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The Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a crushing game seven victory over the Charlotte Hornets. 

After a tightly contested series that swung back and forth, the finale was somewhat of a let down as Dwyane Wade and co. ran away with it. 

From the first buzzer, the Heat asserted their dominance over the Hornets and continued to overpower their opponents in the rebounding column to end the night with 58 boards, compared to Charlotte's 36, as the game ended with a final score of 106-73.

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After an incredible game six, Kemba Walker struggled throughout the night at the American Airlines Arena as Goran Dragic dominated their one-on-one battle. 

Dragic ended the outing with a game-high 25 points as he shot 64.7 percent from the field. He also provided four assists and won six defensive rebounds. While Walker shot just 18.8 percent from his 16 field goal attempts, including 25 percent from downtown, for his nine points.

Hassan Whiteside continued his impressive rebounding throughout the first round series as he pulled down 12 boards - seven on defence and five on offence. He also had ten points. 

Wade, who was close to tears during the national anthem, shot 45.5 percent from the field for his 12 points. Great British Olympian Luol Deng had 15 as he continued his strong form in his first playoff series for the franchise. Gerald Green was the other Miami player to hit double figures. 

The Hornets shot a combined percentage of 32.1 as they failed to live up to the intensity shown by the home side. Nicolas Batum, who has been struggling with an injury since game two, managed ten points. 

Frank Kaminsky had a team-high 12 points but shot just 20 percent - he also had six rebounds. Courtney Lee was 62.5 percent from the field for his 11 points. 

The Heat will find out their opponents in the semis later tonight as the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers face off in game seven of their series at the Air Canada Centre.

Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
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