Heat rally from 15 down, top Hornets

first_imgCharlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum, center, prepares to take a shot against Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington was not the first, second or probably even the third option on Miami’s final possession.He was the right option.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “They play really hard,” said Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who led all scorers with 30 points. “They are really disciplined and have a lot of heart. That’s why they’re so good.”Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets.“I don’t think we executed in the fourth quarter,” Howard said. “They got some good stops and they were able on their end to make some buckets. We just have to do better.”Walker had a chance to tie the game when he went to the line down by two with 30 seconds remaining, but made only the first. James Johnson corralled the rebound for Miami, the Heat called time and set up a play to run down the clock.Charlotte gambled and didn’t foul, hoping Miami wouldn’t make a 3-pointer. The plan backfired when Ellington connected from the top of the arc as the shot clock was expiring.ADVERTISEMENT Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando Charlotte was without Michael Carter-Williams, sidelined with a strained left shoulder. His absence provided an opportunity for rookie Malik Monk to get back into the rotation, after playing a total of 10 minutes in the Hornets’ last six games. But Monk missed all four of his shots in seven scoreless first-half minutes. 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You either win or you learn,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The other night, that was a tough lesson but we really wanted to make amends for how we finish games defensively.”Kelly Olynyk scored 16 points and James Johnson added 10 for Miami. The Heat went 4-0 against the Hornets this season, winning by five, six, one and four points. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Their depth is one of their great strengths,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said.Miami led by as many as 10 late in the first half, but the third quarter brought huge trouble.Charlotte outscored Miami 27-4 over an eight-minute stretch of that period, the Hornets shooting 10 for 18 from the field in that span while Miami shot 2 for 16.Charlotte led by 15 twice in the third, only to see that trimmed down to seven by the end of the quarter. Miami clawed within one point on four occasions in the fourth, couldn’t get over the hump on the first three, then finally got the lead back at 92-90 on a three-point play by Richardson with 1:21 left.“We wanted to make sure we got some stops,” Ellington said. “We dug in and made sure we didn’t have any regrets.”Hornets: Howard blocked four shots, the last of those giving him 2,000 in his career. … Charlotte scored 13 points in the fourth, and missed its final five shots. … The Hornets were 28 for 35 from the foul line, compared to Miami’s 11 for 18.Heat: Ellington now has 150 3s this season, a career-high with 33 games left. … Miami has had a different starting lineup in three consecutive games. … The Heat love weekends — they’re 17-8 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 11-13 on all other days of the week. … It was the eighth time the Heat won a game this season when it did not hold a lead going into the fourth quarter.IN MEMORYThe Heat held a pregame moment of silence for longtime agent Henry Thomas, who died a day prior. Thomas represented several Heat players over the years, including Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Tim Hardaway. “I feel like I lost a dad,” said Haslem, who missed Thursday’s Heat game so he could be at Thomas’ bedside. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Thomas was part of the team’s extended family.LATE SCRATCH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img

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