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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 26 23 25 19 93 MIAMI 22 25 23 30 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - EDDIE JONES 23, CHUCKY BROWN 17, DAVID WESLEY 16 MIA - JAMAL MASHBURN 20, ALONZO MOURNING 19, TERRY PORTER 18


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (93) AT MIAMI (100)

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

BROWN F 40 8-13 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 17 PHILLS F 38 2-8 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 1 1 7 CAMPBELL C 34 5-12 6-7 3 7 10 2 5 3 1 16 JONES G 40 10-16 2-3 1 6 7 5 4 2 4 23 WESLEY G 41 4-11 6-6 1 3 4 7 1 1 3 16 COLEMAN 25 5-10 1-2 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 11 PERSON 8 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 RECASNER 14 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 BECK DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHACKLEFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 17-20 6 27 33 22 23 8 11 93 (.486) (.850) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

BROWN F 35 4-6 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 2 10 MASHBURN F 37 7-9 5-6 1 5 6 4 4 0 1 20 MOURNING C 42 6-11 7-13 2 10 12 1 2 0 4 19 HARDAWAY G 42 8-19 0-0 1 4 5 7 3 2 4 16 LENARD G 27 3-11 1-1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 9 PORTER 31 7-11 1-1 0 2 2 10 1 3 0 18 STRICKLAND 8 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 18 3-6 2-4 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 8 EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAJERLE DNP - LACERATED FINGER RIGHT HAND

TOTALS 240 38-73 18-27 7 32 39 24 19 5 12 100 (.521) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 26 23 25 19 - 93 MIAMI 22 25 23 30 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - BROWN. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 6-16 (.375), BROWN 1-3, PHILLS 1-3, JONES 1-3, WESLEY 2-5, COLEMAN 0-1, PERSON 1-1. MIAMI 6-17 (.353), MASHBURN 1-2, HARDAWAY 0-5, LENARD 2-5, PORTER 3-5. TECHNICALS: CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, HANK ARMSTRONG, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 15,200. T - 2:10.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 40 8-13 0-0 1-4 1 2 17 Phills 38 2-8 2-2 0-3 4 4 7 Campbell 34 5-12 6-7 3-10 2 5 16 Jones 40 10-16 2-3 1-7 5 4 23 Wesley 41 4-11 6-6 1-4 7 1 16 Coleman 25 5-10 1-2 0-2 1 5 11 Person 8 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 Recasner 14 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Beck DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision Shackleford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 17-20 6-33 22 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Brown 1-3, Phills 1-3, Jones 1-3, Wesley 2-5, Coleman 0-1, Person 1-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Brown). Turnovers: 12 (Jones 4, Wesley 3, Campbell, Coleman, Phills, Recasner). Steals: 8 (Campbell 3, Jones 2, Coleman, Phills, Wesley).

MIAMI (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 35 4-6 2-2 1-5 0 4 10 Mashburn 37 7-9 5-6 1-6 4 4 20 Mourning 42 6-11 7-13 2-12 1 2 19 Hardaway 42 8-19 0-0 1-5 7 3 16 Lenard 27 3-11 1-1 0-1 2 1 9 Porter 31 7-11 1-1 0-2 10 1 18 Strickland 8 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Weatherspoon 18 3-6 2-4 1-6 0 4 8 Edwards DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision Majerle DNP - lacerated finger right hand _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-73 18-27 7-39 24 19 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.521, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Mashburn 1-2, Hardaway 0-5, Lenard 2-5, Porter 3-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mourning 2, Brown). Turnovers: 12 (Hardaway 4, Mourning 4, Brown 2, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). Steals: 5 (Porter 3, Hardaway 2). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 26 23 25 19 - 93 Miami 22 25 23 30 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Charlotte 1 (Coleman, 5:26 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,200. T: 2:10. Officials: Ron Garretson, Hank Armstrong, Tom Washington.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Waiting desperately for the return of MVP candidate Alonzo Mourning, the Miami Heat got what they needed. But it was Terry Porter that came through down the stretch as the Heat remained atop the Eastern Conference.

Porter buried a jumper and 3-pointer in the final minute as the Heat welcomed back Mourning and got back to their winning ways with a critical 100-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Miami (32-16) remained one-half game in front of Indiana and Orlando for the best record in the East. Those three teams have 32 wins apiece but the Heat are one better in the loss column. They close the season with games against Atlanta and New York.

"It's a big relief to win this game, we hung in there," Porter said.

At the other end of the conference, the playoff hopes of the Hornets (24-24) took a serious hit as they remained one game behind eighth-place New York (25-23) with two to play. Charlotte does not own the tiebreaker with New York, having lost the season series.

Mourning had 19 points and 12 rebounds after missing three straight games with an eye injury and Miami was embarrassed at home in the last two. The Heat suffered a 107-96 loss to the lowly Boston Celtics on Thursday and a stunning 101-86 blowout by the conference-worst Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

"We didn't stop anyone the last two games," Mourning said. "We're the No. 2 team in the league at stopping people, and we have to get back to that."

Porter was the difference in the fourth quarter tonight when he scored 12 of his 18 points while Mourning managed just three free throws.

"I was in a good rhythm," Porter added. "I got my shots, but then you have to make them. Tonight, I made 'em."

One of those foul shots gave Miami a 93-92 lead with 1:17 to go. That trip to the line came after Derrick Coleman attempted to block Mourning's dunk attempt and inadvertently elbowed teammate Eddie Jones, who went to the locker room with a laceration to his forehead.

The departure of Jones, who scored 23 points, meant the loss of the Hornets' top offensive threat and their ensuing possession saw David Wesley throw away an entry pass to Elden Campbell. Porter made Charlotte pay for that miscue, draining a 16-footer from the left wing with 50 seconds left to make it 95-92.

"We know what happens to us," Jones said. "In close games, we can forget about it."

After Campbell made 1-of-2 free throws, Porter took a feed from Jamal Mashburn and buried a 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds to go that all but sealed the win.

"He's a big-game player," Miami coach Pat Riley said of Porter. "He wanted to win desperately and every big shot we needed, he made it. Every big play, he made."

Campbell missed a hook shot and P.J. Brown iced the victory with two free throws as the Heat ended a three-game home skid, their longest since December 6-22, 1995.

Porter added 10 assists and Mashburn scored 20 points for the Heat, who trailed by 11 points in the third quarter before outscoring the Hornets 30-19 in the final period.

"I had a gut feeling, especially in the third quarter, that we'd win this ballgame," Mourning added. "Things got really tight and the guys had to dig deep."

With Charlotte clinging to a four-point lead in the third quarter, Bobby Phills dunked off a feed from Wesley and buried a 3-pointer before a jumper by Jones built a 65-54 cushion with 5:55 left. The margin was 74-64 just over three minutes later before the Hornets went scoreless for the rest of the period.

Porter fed Clarence Weatherspoon for a pair of baskets and Tim Hardaway hit a jumper with 46 seconds remaining as Miami cut it back to four by the end of the period.

Coleman scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Hornets hold a slim lead for much of the period. But Mashburn sank two free throws and, after a miss by Coleman, Hardaway sneaked past the defense for an open lay-in that tied the game, 90-90, with 2:25 to go.

"We knew what we had to do if we took care of business tonight, which we did for 45 minutes," Phills said. "This is totally frustrating right now."

After Charlotte was called for a shot clock violation, Hardaway drove the left side of the lane and threw in a hook shot off the glass that gave Miami its first lead since the game's opening minute. Jones forged a 92-92 tie with a jumper from the left wing, but Mourning's free throw against his former team put Miami ahead to stay.

Hardaway contributed 16 points and seven assists for Miami, which shot 52 percent (38-of-73) from the field.

"The last two nights, we laid an egg," Hardaway said. "Tonight, we came out with a lot of energy and made a lot of plays at the defensive and offensive end."

The return of Mourning gave Miami the much-needed inside presence it needed on offense and defense. The Heat held a 39-32 edge on the boards and outscored the Hornets in the paint, 44-30.

Miami, second in the league in scoring defense at 83.6 points per game, had allowed each of its last two opponents to reach 100 points after doing so just twice in 45 games.

Brown scored 17 points, Campbell added 16 and 10 rebounds and Welsey contributed 16 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which has split its last six games after winning nine in a row.

"We have to keep fighting through it," said Hornets coach Paul Silas. "It's a very devastating loss, but the season is not over, yet."

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