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NBA CHARLOTTE 88 MIAMI 101 FINAL


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (88) AT MIAMI (101)

CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

RICE F 27 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 2 MASON F 33 5-8 3-5 1 9 10 2 0 1 1 13 GEIGER C 14 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 PHILLS G 21 3-11 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 8 WESLEY G 25 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 1 2 7 CURRY 17 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 9 DIVAC 26 7-11 4-6 1 3 4 1 4 2 1 18 ARMSTRONG 18 3-5 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 0 1 6 REID 18 3-7 0-1 0 7 7 0 4 0 0 6 MAXWELL 20 6-12 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 14 ROYAL 17 0-1 3-3 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 3 BECK 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 35-82 14-19 5 36 41 18 21 6 13 88 (.427) (.737) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(21 PTS)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MAJERLE F 36 1-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 STRICKLAND F 29 7-11 1-2 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 15 CAUSWELL C 21 2-3 0-1 4 10 14 0 4 2 1 4 LENARD G 33 6-14 1-2 0 5 5 2 4 0 2 14 HARDAWAY G 36 11-21 4-6 0 4 4 10 0 2 2 29 CONLON 27 3-8 5-6 1 4 5 0 3 2 2 11 MURDOCK 20 6-12 1-1 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 14 MILLS 18 3-4 3-4 1 5 6 2 3 0 1 10 BARRY 12 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 WALTERS 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 LANG 4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MOURNING DNP - FRACTURED LEFT CHEEKBONE

TOTALS 240 39-83 17-24 8 43 51 21 21 8 14 101 (.470) (.708) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 18 14 24 32 - 88 MIAMI 25 35 26 15 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - RICE, MASON, PHILLS. MIAMI - STRICKLAND 2, CAUSWELL 2, CONLON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 4-9 (.444), RICE 0-1, PHILLS 0-1, WESLEY 1-1, CURRY 1-3, MAXWELL 2-3. MIAMI 6-18 (.333), MAJERLE 0-5, LENARD 1-2, HARDAWAY 3-5, MURDOCK 1-4, MILLS 1-1, BARRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, JOE BORGIA, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 15,200. T - 2:04.


Agate Box Score

CHARLOTTE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 27 1-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Mason 33 5-8 3-5 1-10 2 0 13 Geiger 14 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Phills 21 3-11 2-2 2-3 2 2 8 Wesley 25 2-5 2-2 0-0 3 2 7 Curry 17 4-10 0-0 0-2 0 2 9 Divac 26 7-11 4-6 1-4 1 4 18 Armstrong 18 3-5 0-0 1-5 3 2 6 Reid 18 3-7 0-1 0-7 0 4 6 Maxwell 20 6-12 0-0 0-2 2 1 14 Royal 17 0-1 3-3 0-4 2 1 3 Beck 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 14-19 5-41 18 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Rice 0-1, Phills 0-1, Wesley 1-1, Curry 1-3, Maxwell 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Rice, Mason, Phills). Turnovers: 14 (Curry 2, Geiger 2, Rice 2, Wesley 2, Armstrong, Divac, Mason, Maxwell, Phills). Steals: 6 (Divac 2, Mason, Maxwell, Phills, Wesley).

MIAMI (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 36 1-7 0-0 1-2 3 1 2 Strickland 29 7-11 1-2 1-8 0 2 15 Causwell 21 2-3 0-1 4-14 0 4 4 Lenard 33 6-14 1-2 0-5 2 4 14 Hardaway 36 11-21 4-6 0-4 10 0 29 Conlon 27 3-8 5-6 1-5 0 3 11 Murdock 20 6-12 1-1 0-3 3 2 14 Mills 18 3-4 3-4 1-6 2 3 10 Barry 12 0-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 Walters 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Lang 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Mourning DNP - fractured left cheekbone _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 17-24 8-51 21 21 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Majerle 0-5, Lenard 1-2, Hardaway 3-5, Murdock 1-4, Mills 1-1, Barry 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Strickland 2, Causwell 2, Conlon). Turnovers: 14 (Conlon 2, Hardaway 2, Lenard 2, Majerle 2, Murdock 2, Strickland 2, Causwell, Mills). Steals: 8 (Causwell 2, Conlon 2, Hardaway 2, Majerle, Murdock). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 18 14 24 32 - 88 Miami 25 35 26 15 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:04. Officials: Hue Hollins, Joe Borgia, Mike Callahan.


Game Recap

Tim Hardaway scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half as the shorthanded Miami Heat opened a 28-point halftime lead and cruised to a 101-88 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, their seventh straight home win.

Eric Murdock scored 12 of his 14 points in a 27-8 burst early in the second quarter that created a 49-26 cushion. Hardaway, who also handed out 10 assists, added nine points in the period as Miami took a 60-32 lead. The Hornets never led and got no closer than the final margin.

Miami's Duane Causwell, starting in place of injured star center Alonzo Mourning, grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds. Despite their starting front line of Mourning, P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn all sidelined with injuries, the Heat moved 1 1/2 games in front of Indiana for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

"They thought we were going to lay down tonight because we didn't have Zo, P.J. and Mashburn," Hardaway said. "They thought that we weren't going to have good offense or defense tonight and execute on both ends of the court. ... We're not going to deviate from our normal play without Zo."

Mark Strickland scored 15 points and Voshon Lenard chipped in 14 as Miami rebounded from Thursday's 103-89 loss to San Antonio, which snapped their seven-game winning streak.

Vlade Divac scored 18 points off the bench for the Hornets, who have lost three in a row on the road and fell four games behind Indiana in the East.

"We're down right now and that's not where you want to be heading into the playoffs," said Hornets starting center Matt Geiger, who was held scoreless. "You don't want to be up and down come playoff time. We're just not consistent right now. The last four or five games it's been either hit or miss with us."

Charlotte, which sits 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta for fourth place, had won the last four meetings with Miami but failed to finish what would have been its first-ever season-series sweep of the Heat.

Glen Rice, the Hornets' leading scorer, finished with just two points on 1-of-6 shooting. He had averaged 32 points in three wins over his former team earlier this season.

"We had some rules tonight on Glen," Heat coach Pat Riley explained. "You have to be right on him, you can't help off him. You have to stunt blitz on him. You have to make him a passer more than anything else. I think Dan (Majerle) did a good job of containing him. Once we got off to the big lead, he wasn't a factor and wasn't going to become a factor."

"Glen is our go-to guy," Hornets coach Dave Cowens said. "When you get doubled, you have to become a decoy. It's tough to get shots when you are doubled."

Miami opened the game with a 12-4 spurt en route to a 25-18 lead after one period. Lenard led the way with 10 points in the first quarter while Causwell pulled down 11 boards, tying a team record with eight defensive rebounds.

Causwell apparently was inspired by a private conversation he had with Mourning prior to the game.

"He gave me some uplifting words and made me feel good about being here and wearing a Miami Heat uniform," Causwell said. "It was something I needed to hear."

Charlotte had the first basket of the second period but Murdock answered with a layup to spark the 27-8 run. Marty Conlon scored the next six points to build the lead to 33-20 with 9:31 remaining.

After a jumper by Hardaway increased the advantage to 44-26, Murdock hit a driving layup and converted a three-point play to cap the run with 4:47 to go before halftime. The Heat's 35 points was a season high for a second quarter.

Miami shot 51 percent (23-of-45) in the first half while holding the Hornets to 33 percent (14-for-43) and tied a club record with 25 defensive rebounds.

The Heat continued to pour it on in the third quarter, taking their largest lead at 81-41 with 5:19 left after a dunk by Strickland. Miami took an 86-56 cushion into the fourth quarter.

Conlon scored 11 points and Terry Mills added 10 for Miami, which owned a 51-41 edge on the boards and shot 47 percent (39-of-83) overall.

"I think Tim put it best, `We got four real good performances from our bigs," Riley said. "Cause (Causwell) had 11 rebounds in the first quarter, Strickland was running the floor. Marty and Terry came off the bench and gave us a good lift. It was just an incredible game."

Charlotte made the final score respectable by outscoring the Heat 32-15 in the final period. The Hornets' fourth-quarter total equaled their entire scoring effort from the first half.

Vernon Maxwell scored 14 points and Anthony Mason collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who were coming off Friday's 96-89 win over Indiana.

"This is the first time that it looked like people quit. That's what's most disturbing to me," Mason said. "Every team has its go-to players and Glen and myself are two of them. There isn't any use if they don't use us, they might as well not have us."

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