NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Miami
(Monday, December 13th)
Final Score: Miami 96, New Orleans 84
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 32 points, as the Miami Heat won their ninth straight game after defeating the New Orleans Hornets, 96-84, at American Airlines Arena.
Chris Bosh finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while LeBron James added 20 points and seven assists for Miami, which last won nine in a row from March 20 to April 7, 2010. Wade has scored 30-plus points in each of the last three games.
"They really dictated the game to us," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They slowed the tempo down. We couldn't get into a flow with consecutive stops and get out into the open court. We didn't let that frustrate us."
David West ended with a team-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who suffered an 88-70 decision at Philadelphia on Sunday and have dropped three straight. Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively, in defeat.
Miami led 25-23 after the opening quarter and the contest went back and forth for much of the second.
After Mario Chalmers' two free throws gave the Heat a 38-37 lead near the midway point of the period, West capped an 11-4 New Orleans' run with a jumper to give his squad a 48-42 advantage with 3:14 before halftime.
Then with the Hornets up 54-48 with 1:38 left, Wade hit a three, then made a driving reverse layup to get Miami within a 54-53 score heading into the locker room. Wade finished with 20 points in the second quarter.
Tied at 65-all, James put the Heat up with a three-point play with 5:45 left in the third quarter and it was a 76-75 game in favor of the hosts with 2:15 remaining. Miami closed with six straight points to take an 82-75 advantage after three.
"I thought we played our style in the first two and a half quarters, and they made a run there," New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said. "I thought they got to the free throw line a lot early and stopped us from running a little bit. That's their game."
In the fourth, the Heat picked up where they left off in the third, using a 12-2 surge to start the quarter and went up by 17 at 94-77 after Wade hit a baseline jumper with 6:22 to play. Miami would cruise the rest of the way.
Despite the loss, New Orleans has still won eight of the last 11 games against the Heat...Miami shot 44.3 percent from the field, while New Orleans made 41.8 percent of its shots and a woeful 1-of-13 from three-point range.
12/13 23:36:04 ET