Heat 94, Hornets 70
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The Miami Heat briefly let New Orleans back in the game, then quickly put away the Hornets for good.
After New Orleans cut Miami’s lead to five in the fourth quarter, the Heat went on a 22-4 run over the final 6:46 to finish a 94-70 victory Saturday night.
“We knew that once we got up that they were going to make a run,” Heat center Udonis Haslem said. “It was a question of how we were going to react to the run that was made. We made some shots and made a run of our own in the end.”
The Heat held the Hornets to their lowest point total of the season. New Orleans was limited to 74 three times.
“Udonis and Eddie had fabulous games, and everybody played well,” Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. “You’ve got a team right now that’s focused on winning.”
Jamal Mashburn led the Hornets with 18 points on 6-for-20 shooting. New Orleans shot just 33 percent.
“Caron did a great job on Jamal,” Van Gundy said. “He’s probably not 100 percent and I understand that, but Caron did a great job.”
Hornets point guard Baron Davis—one of the NBA’s top scorers at 23.3 points per game—was unable to play because he aggravated an ankle injury Friday night in Philadelphia.
“I thought we had effort defensively, but offensively we couldn’t finish any plays,” New Orleans coach Tim Floyd said. “Miami came out and really executed. They didn’t particularly cut us up offensively other than on the 3-point line, where they just wore us out, hitting 10 out of 16 shots.”
New Orleans trailed 41-32 at halftime.
Tierre Brown saw his first game action with the Hornets since being signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 26. He scored three points in six minutes. … George Lynch of the Hornets and Odom each sustained a cut over an eye in the third quarter but returned to the game. … Mashburn, who had 24 points last Wednesday in a win over Milwaukee and 20 in Philadelphia on Friday, failed to score at least 20 for the first time this season. He missed the first 44 games due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. … Odom has scored in double figures for 21 straight games. He was held scoreless by the Hornets inthe first half. … The Heat are 1-2 at New Orleans.