NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Miami
(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Miami 102, New Orleans 101
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Udonis Haslem's jumper with 15.4 seconds left in the game gave the Miami Heat a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
The Heat were down two inside the final minute before Haslem sank a 16-footer to tie the game at 100 with 45.7 ticks to go. Rookie Marcus Thornton was sent to the line by Dwyane Wade with 35 seconds remaining and made 1-of-2.
Haslem then avoided a leaping defender and banked in a fadeaway jumper to provide a 102-101 edge. New Orleans held for the final shot and David West leaned in from the foul line to release a shot that found the rim as the clock wound to zeroes.
"We needed one [a stop]," said Haslem. "It was an up and down game. We had a couple of opportunities to put them away and to their credit they kept fighting back. We got a stop when we needed one."
Wade totaled 31 points and Michael Beasley had 17 points with nine rebounds for the Heat, who had dropped three straight and four of five overall.
Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points while Haslem ended with 14 and seven boards in the win. Mario Chalmers chipped in 12 points and dished a game-high nine assists.
Thornton continued an impressive stretch, going for 24 points in 38-plus minutes off the bench. Receiving extended playing time over starter Devin Brown, the LSU standout went for 21 in Saturday's triumph over one of the NBA's top team thus far in the Atlanta Hawks.
Peja Stojakovic had 14 points and West 13 with nine caroms for the Hornets, who are finding their way under new head coach Jeff Bower, having won three in a row coming in. James Posey also chipped in 14 points.
Miami entered the fourth nursing a three-point lead and consecutive three- pointers by Posey had New Orleans in front 93-91 with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
Wade drained a three with 3:44 to go for a three-point Heat advantage but Darren Collison sank two at the line and Stojakovic drilled a triple for a 100-98 lead with 2:11 on the clock.
Miami led 30-25 after the opening 12 minutes but Thornton poured in 10 straight points for New Orleans early in the second, including a pair of three-pointers, to go up 38-37.
The Heat scored the next seven points to assume a six-point edge, but Thornton made it a one-point game moments later with another three. Things stayed close until the host went on a 15-5 run that nearly ended the half. Wade provided five of the points and ended things with a short jumper for an 11-point lead.
Collison, though, made two layups inside the final 10 seconds to cut the halftime deficit to 59-52.
Miami continued to hold down a healthy lead throughout the third before the Hornets used a late 11-0 spurt with five points from Thornton to get within one. Haslem's slam just before the Hornets allowed the Heat an 86-83 lead heading to the final period.
"I'm proud of the guys for taking a game that we were running in mud, that we had to fight and battle to get it under control to the last possession," said Bower. "I'm unhappy with the result, but we're really proud of the effort that they put forth."
The Hornets had won four straight and six of their past seven meetings with Miami...Collison had 11 points and six helpers...The Heat shot 52.1 percent from the field compared with the Hornets' 39.6 percent shooting performance.
11/22 22:19:31 ET