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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 16 10 11 19 56 CHARLOTTE 21 14 16 14 65 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 11, BRIAN GRANT 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 19, DAVID WESLEY 13, ELDEN CAMPBELL 9

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 10, BRIAN GRANT 6 CHA - JAMAL MASHBURN 14, PJ BROWN 14

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 CHA - BARON DAVIS 5, HERSEY HAWKINS 5

ATT: 13,176


Extended Box

MIAMI (56) AT CHARLOTTE (65)

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

BOWEN F 33 2-6 2-4 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 7 MASON F 37 4-9 3-6 3 7 10 2 2 2 2 11 GRANT C 34 3-8 5-10 2 4 6 1 4 1 3 11 HARDAWAY G 29 2-11 1-3 1 4 5 2 6 3 3 7 JONES G 40 3-16 0-0 2 1 3 6 1 2 3 7 GREEN 26 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 2 CARTER 14 0-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 2 0 0 CAUSWELL 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HOUSE 12 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 6 CEBALLOS 12 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 19-65 13-25 8 25 33 15 22 12 17 56 (.292) (.520) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 17(8 PTS)

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

BROWN F 32 3-5 0-0 6 8 14 1 6 4 4 6 MASHBURN F 45 9-19 0-0 1 13 14 4 3 1 7 19 CAMPBELL C 34 4-12 1-5 2 7 9 0 5 1 0 9 DAVIS G 29 1-7 2-6 1 2 3 5 5 1 3 4 WESLEY G 36 5-14 3-5 0 1 1 1 3 3 4 13 MAGLOIRE 14 0-2 0-0 2 5 7 2 3 0 2 0 HAWKINS 19 1-4 4-5 0 2 2 5 0 2 1 6 NAILON 12 2-4 2-2 3 0 3 0 2 0 1 6 RECASNER 11 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 THORPE 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-70 12-23 17 39 56 18 28 12 22 65 (.371) (.522) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(24 PTS)

MIAMI 16 10 11 19 - 56 CHARLOTTE 21 14 16 14 - 65

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - BOWEN. CHARLOTTE - MAGLOIRE 2, CAMPBELL 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-15 (.333), BOWEN 1-4, HARDAWAY 2-5, JONES 1-4, CARTER 0-1, CEBALLOS 1-1. CHARLOTTE 1-10 (.100), MASHBURN 1-3, DAVIS 0-2, WESLEY 0-3, HAWKINS 0-1, RECASNER 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HARDAWAY 2 (EJECTED), GRANT, CHARLOTTE - DAVIS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, (JAMES CAPERS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 13,176. T - 2:12.


Box Score

MIAMI (56) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 33 2-6 2-4 0-2 0 2 7 Mason 37 4-9 3-6 3-10 2 2 11 Grant 34 3-8 5-10 2-6 1 4 11 Hardaway 29 2-11 1-3 1-5 2 6 7 Jones 40 3-16 0-0 2-3 6 1 7 Green 26 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Carter 14 0-5 0-0 0-3 2 2 0 Causwell 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 House 12 2-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 6 Ceballos 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Fuller DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 19-65 13-25 8-33 15 22 56 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.292, FT-.520. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Bowen 1-4, Hardaway 2-5, Jones 1-4, Carter 0-1, Ceballos 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 1 (Bowen). Turnovers: 17 (Bowen 3, Grant 3, Hardaway 3, Jones 3, Mason 2, Ceballos, Green, House). Steals: 12 (Hardaway 3, Carter 2, Jones 2, Mason 2, Bowen, Grant, House).

CHARLOTTE (65) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 32 3-5 0-0 6-14 1 6 6 Mashburn 45 9-19 0-0 1-14 4 3 19 Campbell 34 4-12 1-5 2-9 0 5 9 Davis 29 1-7 2-6 1-3 5 5 4 Wesley 36 5-14 3-5 0-1 1 3 13 Magloire 14 0-2 0-0 2-7 2 3 0 Hawkins 19 1-4 4-5 0-2 5 0 6 Nailon 12 2-4 2-2 3-3 0 2 6 Recasner 11 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 2 Thorpe 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 James DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 12-23 17-56 18 28 65 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.522. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Mashburn 1-3, Davis 0-2, Wesley 0-3, Hawkins 0-1, Recasner 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Magloire 2, Campbell 2). Turnovers: 23 (Mashburn 7, Brown 4, Wesley 4, Davis 3, Magloire 2, Hawkins, Nailon). Steals: 12 (Brown 4, Wesley 3, Hawkins 2, Campbell, Davis, Mashburn). ____________________________________________ Miami 16 10 11 19 - 56 Charlotte 21 14 16 14 - 65 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 3 (Hardaway 2 (ejected), 0:05 2nd, 9:12 4th; Grant, 8:17 3rd). Charlotte 2 (Davis, 0:05 2nd; Illegal Defense, 5:37 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Hardaway, 11:03 4th). A: 13,176. T: 2:12. Officials: Jim Clark, (james Capers, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Miami Heat coach Pat Riley blasted his team for its offensive effort after a tough loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. One can only imagine how upset he will be after tonight's debacle.

The Heat had their worst first half of the season and followed it up by managing just 11 points in the third quarter en route to the worst offensive performance in team history and an embarrassing 65-56 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Riley questioned his club's ability to knock down shots after Miami's heartbreaking 81-79 defeat to the defending NBA champions. Tonight, he watched the Heat fall 23 points shy of Tuesday's total.

"Well, what can I say? It was one of the ugliest games of the year," Riley said. "The defense was outstanding for both teams, but it wasn't pretty. Overall, our approach to execute and move the ball wasn't there. Charlotte did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do. But we didn't have any patience.

"I thought we played hard. But playing hard isn't always enough."

Former Miami forward Jamal Mashburn had 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists for the Hornets, who established a franchise record for fewest points allowed. Charlotte yielded 59 to Sacramento on January 10, 1991.

"Well, it certainly wasn't a pretty win," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "Miami was playing a back-to-back and I thought we'd play better, but we didn't. We'll still take it. I'm happy we won. If it had gone the other way, I don't know what we would have done."

Miami managed just 26 first-half points -- also a franchise low allowed by Charlotte -- making just 5-of-17 shots in the second quarter. The Heat went a dismal 3-of-20 from the floor in the third quarter, falling behind, 51-37.

The Heat finished in a tie for the third-lowest point total in NBA history. Utah also managed 56 points against Seattle on February 16, 1999. The Chicago Bulls hold the dubious distinction of scoring just 49 points against Riley's Heat on April 10, 1999.

The Hornets did not exactly light it up themselves, establishing their franchise-low point total while posting their fourth straight win.

"Miami just wasn't hitting shots," Silas said. "We beat them pretty handily on the boards. That was the key to the game. They can play better, we can play better."

Miami point guard Tim Hardaway fouled out with 9:12 to play and boiled over in frustration soon after, earning an ejection after jawing at officials. Hardaway threw several towels back onto the floor as he exited the court. Perhaps the Hornets should have taken the gesture as a sign of surrender.

The 121 combined points is the second-lowest total since the inception of the shot clock. The record of 119 was established by the Milwaukee Bucks (57) and Boston Celtics (62) on February 27, 1955.

The Heat nearly cracked 20 in the final period, outscoring the Hornets, 19-14.

Anthony Mason and Brian Grant scored 11 points apiece for the Heat, who shot 29 percent (19-of-65) and were outrebounded, 56-33.

"I felt like we were not aggressive tonight," Grant said. "We did not box out well and play very physical. We just did not bring it tonight. We are definitely scarred by losing these close games. That shakes any team when you lose those close games."

David Wesley scored 13 points for the Hornets, who shot 37 percent (26-of-70) and overcame 23 turnovers.

"Nasty is a pretty good way to describe this game," Wesley said. "We were all working hard but shots just weren't going down. there was a lot of pushing and shoving out there. It was physical."

Trailing 13-10 midway through the first quarter, Charlotte used a 11-3 run to close the period and take the lead for good. Mashburn, who came to Charlotte in the nine-player deal with Miami that sent Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason to the Heat, hit a 3-pointer and made a driving layup to spark the burst.

Things got considerably uglier for the Heat thereafter. Mashburn and Elden Campbell opened the second quarter with consecutive baskets and Mashburn's five-footer made it 29-18 with 9:21 left in the first half.

"I need to come to practice an hour early and stay an hour late," Jones said after scoring seven points on 3-of-16 shooting. "I need to get my game together. Right now I am not Eddie. I did not want to come out and press tonight but I did want to play well and stay on the court this time."

The Heat had just 41 points with 8:29 to play and were on pace to establish a new low for scoring futility. But Cedric Ceballos came off the bench and knocked down a 20-footer and a 3-pointer and rookie Eddie House connected from 18 feet as Miami's offense began to click 3 1/2 quarters too late.

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