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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 28 16 21 20 85 CHARLOTTE 20 24 21 15 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 23, ALONZO MOURNING 21, JAMAL MASHBURN 20 CHA - EDDIE JONES 18, DERRICK COLEMAN 16, ANTHONY MASON 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - THREE PLAYERS WITH 8 CHA - DERRICK COLEMAN 12, CHUCKY BROWN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 CHA - ANTHONY MASON 7, EDDIE JONES 6

ATT: 21,539


Extended Box

MIAMI (85) AT CHARLOTTE (80)

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

BROWN F 33 3-13 0-0 5 3 8 2 5 0 3 6 MASHBURN F 44 8-17 1-2 1 7 8 3 4 0 0 20 MOURNING C 40 7-18 7-10 0 8 8 2 3 1 1 21 HARDAWAY G 40 7-13 3-4 1 3 4 12 2 2 1 23 MAJERLE G 31 3-4 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 0 9 LENARD 21 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 THORPE 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 2 0 CARTER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 WEATHERSPOON 17 0-3 4-8 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 4 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-72 17-26 10 32 42 23 24 4 8 85 (.389) (.654) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 34 6-14 3-4 3 9 12 0 6 0 2 16 MASON F 42 3-9 6-7 0 4 4 7 0 0 0 12 CAMPBELL C 36 4-5 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 9 JONES G 42 7-18 1-1 1 4 5 6 1 0 3 18 WESLEY G 35 4-12 2-2 0 5 5 5 2 0 0 11 B DAVIS 13 1-2 4-4 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 7 MILLER 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 2 BROWN 15 1-5 0-0 1 7 8 0 0 0 0 2 ELLIS 6 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 R DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-69 17-20 6 35 41 22 18 1 9 80 (.406) (.850) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

MIAMI 28 16 21 20 - 85 CHARLOTTE 20 24 21 15 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3, WEATHERSPOON. CHARLOTTE - WESLEY, COLEMAN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 12-16 (.750), MASHBURN 3-3, HARDAWAY 6-8, MAJERLE 3-4, LENARD 0-1. CHARLOTTE 7-12 (.583), COLEMAN 1-3, JONES 3-4, WESLEY 1-3, B DAVIS 1-1, ELLIS 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 21,539. T - 2:32.


Box Score

MIAMI (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 33 3-13 0-0 5-8 2 5 6 Mashburn 44 8-17 1-2 1-8 3 4 20 Mourning 40 7-18 7-10 0-8 2 3 21 Hardaway 40 7-13 3-4 1-4 12 2 23 Majerle 31 3-4 0-0 0-5 3 3 9 Lenard 21 0-2 2-2 1-2 0 1 2 Thorpe 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 5 0 Carter 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Weatherspoon 17 0-3 4-8 2-5 0 1 4 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-72 17-26 10-42 23 24 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 12-16, .750 (Mashburn 3-3, Hardaway 6-8, Majerle 3-4, Lenard 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Mourning 3, Weatherspoon). Turnovers: 9 (Brown 3, Thorpe 2, Hardaway, Mourning, Weatherspoon). Steals: 4 (Hardaway 2, Majerle, Mourning).

CHARLOTTE (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 34 6-14 3-4 3-12 0 6 16 Mason 42 3-9 6-7 0-4 7 0 12 Campbell 36 4-5 1-2 0-4 0 4 9 Jones 42 7-18 1-1 1-5 6 1 18 Wesley 35 4-12 2-2 0-5 5 2 11 B Davis 13 1-2 4-4 0-0 2 2 7 Miller 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 3 2 Brown 15 1-5 0-0 1-8 0 0 2 Ellis 6 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 R Davis DNP - coach's decision Fuller DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-69 17-20 6-41 22 18 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.406, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Coleman 1-3, Jones 3-4, Wesley 1-3, B Davis 1-1, Ellis 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Wesley, Coleman). Turnovers: 12 (Jones 3, B Davis 2, Coleman 2, Campbell, Miller). Steals: 1 (Campbell). ____________________________________________ Miami 28 16 21 20 - 85 Charlotte 20 24 21 15 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,539. T: 2:32. Officials: Jack Nies, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Miami Heat continued their ugly road trip but recovered from two disappointing defeats by defeating the Charlotte Hornets, 85-80.

Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning and Jamal Mashburn combined for 64 points for the Heat, who dropped consecutive games to lowly Chicago and New Jersey before a day off on Saturday.

"It was a good win," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "It was a good comeback. We had two bad losses at Chicago and New Jersey. This game was similar to New Jersey where in the fourth it was either team's game to win. However, today we made the plays we needed to win."

The Heat, who conclude their trip on Monday in Detroit, managed just one field goal in the final 4:48 but held Charlotte to only a free throw in the last 3:16 and won for the second time in eight road games.

Eddie Jones scored 18 points for the Hornets, who are one of four NBA teams with at least 21 home wins at 21-5. They trail Miami (32-19) by three games for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

"Miami knows how to win," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "They've been there and we're looking to get there."

Activated from the injured list before the game, Dan Majerle banked home a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:20 to go as the Heat grabbed a decisive 82-79 edge.

"It feels great to be back," said Majerle, who totaled nine points and five rebounds in his return from a five-week absence due to a stress fracture in his left leg. "I wasn't out that long so my timing is still there."

Charlotte failed on four chances to at least tie. Anthony Mason was called for a five-second violation on a failed inbounds pass with 2.3 seconds left and the Hornets trailing, 83-80.

Hardaway sank 3-of-4 free throws in the last three seconds to account for the final margin. He finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes.

"That's as good as I've felt since I came back," said Hardaway, who missed 26 games earlier this season with a knee injury. "We simplified the offense. One pass triggers getting people open and getting them the ball."

The Heat, who led by as many as 16 in the first quarter, shot just 39 percent from the field (28-of-72) but went 12-of-16 from 3-point range. Hardaway was 6-of-8 and Mashburn and Majerle combined to go 6-of-7.

Majerle hit the most important 3-pointer with 2:20 left as his shot from the left side hit the top left corner of the backboard and dropped in for an 82-79 lead.

"Yeah, I called bank," Majerle said. "Didn't you hear me? That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

Eldon Campbell halved the deficit by going 1-of-2 from the line before the teams each had three empty possessions.

With the Heat leading 82-80, Mourning missed a jumper but blocked a runner by Jones at the other end with 1:18 left. Mashburn then missed, but David Wesley forced up a wild 3-pointer with 33 seconds to play as the shot clock expired.

"We didn't execute well and missed shots down the stretch," Wesley said. "We weren't organized. We couldn't get the looks we wanted. We have to believe we can win down the stretch."

P.J. Brown hit the front of the rim on Miami's next possession, but Wesley did the same on a long jumper with 10 seconds remaining, forcing Charlotte to foul.

"David's shot at the end was a good one," Silas said. "Anytime you have an open look, you have to take it. Unfortunately, he missed and that was the ballgame."

Hardaway made his first free throw but missed his second, giving the Hornets a chance to tie with a 3-pointer. But Mason failed to inbounds from halfcourt and was called for a five-second violation by referee Jack Nies.

"It's possible that Mase locked in on one player on the out-of-bounds play," Silas said. "We just lost count."

It was one of only nine turnovers by Charlotte. The Heat committed just eight.

Jones scored 18 points and Derrick Coleman added 16 and 12 before fouling out for the Hornets, who shot just 41 percent from the field (28-of-69) but hit 17-of-20 free throws.

Miami led most of the way as Mason's nine-footer 64 seconds into the fourth quarter gave Charlotte a 67-65 advantage -- its first since the opening basket.

The Heat led by as many as seven with 2:41 to play in the third, but the Hornets closed the quarter with an 8-1 run to tie it at 65-65.

Miami was ahead by as many as eight points in the second before Charlotte used a 10-2 run to knot it at 44-44 at the break. The Heat jumped to a 26-10 lead and were on top 28-20 after the first.

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