Ice-cool Wade tees up decider
Miami Heat tie playoff series 3-3 as Dwyane Wade scores 41 points against Hawks.
Last Modified: 02 May 2009 09:21 GMT

Not to be taken literally [GALLO/GETTY]
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade forced an NBA playoff decider against Atlanta Hawks and said, "there's still no pressure."

Wade scored 41 points to lead Heat to a 98-72 victory and force a deciding Game Seven in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The 27-year-old scored 10 points in the third, and 12 in the fourth – highlighted by a dunk over Hawks centre Zaza Pachulia – before he left to a standing ovation midway through the final period.


"From the beginning of the game we came out really aggressive and everyone was involved," Wade said after tying the series 3-3 in Miami on Friday.

"Both teams will be desperate, it's the last game of the season for one team," he added of the decider in Atlanta on Sunday.

"There's no pressure on us. We're the underdogs in this series."

Mike Bibby scored 20 points for the Hawks, who were playing without Al Horford, who sprained his ankle during the Hawks win in Game Five.

Miami's Jermaine O'Neal also missed the game after he was concussed in that match in what has been a physical series.

The Heat are also missing forward Jamario Moon, who has a hernia and will not play again this season.

Miami rookie forward Michael Beasley scored 22 points and made 15 rebounds in his best game of the postseason to gain some momentum heading into the final game.


"We have to maintain this edge," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

"We have to do whatever it takes in Game Seven to get the job done.

"That's been the story of this series for both teams, and who knows, maybe this will be the most epic of all the Game Sevens."

The series has yet to feature a close game and each has been decided by 10 points or more.

"They had their way tonight and you have to tip your cap to them," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson.

"This series has been heated both ways.

"We feel good about going home and playing Game Seven in front of our home fans.

"It should be a great game."

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