NBA Playoffs: Simulating the Miami Heat’s first-round matchup with the Hornets

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When the Post simulated the upcoming first-round match up between the Heat and Charlotte Hornets, Game 2 went to double overtime before Miami clinched the 120-112 victory. The game also predicted the Heat would win the series handily in five games.

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Game 1 was a relatively uneventful affair. The Heat took the game without a problem. But Game 2 is where things got crazy.

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The Heat box score in Game 2.

Hornets center Cody Zeller missed a free throw with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The shot would have put Charlotte ahead by one. The Heat turned to star Dwyane Wade for the final shot, but the veteran had the ball poked loose before missing a desperation, last-second shot. The Heat were up for a shot-clock violation with 0.6 seconds on the board, but the Hornets couldn’t nail the final shot of regulation. The virtual American Airlines Arena crowd went nuts when game went to overtime.

Kemba Walker nearly clinched the game for Charlotte, knocking down a pair of free throws to give the Hornets a two-point lead with 20.5 seconds left in the first overtime, but Hassan Whiteside threw down a monster dunk to send the game to a second OT, which the Heat dominated en route to the game and series victory.

The Hornets recovered to notch a 101-94 win in Game 3.

But the Heat were too much to handle. They closed out the series with 100-88 and 105-99 wins in Games 4 and 5, respectively, thanks to efforts like another huge Whiteside dunk and despite Al Jefferson’s beautiful hook for the Hornets.

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