NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Miami
(Saturday, January 1st)
Final Score: Miami 113, Charlotte 90
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half to lead Miami to a 113-90 win over Charlotte at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade converted 11-of-16 shots from the field and dished out nine assists for the Heat, who extended their franchise-high winning streak to 14 games. Shaquille O'Neal finished with 16 points, while Eddie Jones delivered 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter.
"Obviously we had another efficient offensive performance," said Miami head coach Stan Van Gundy. "Our defense was spotty at times, but it was enough to get us the win."
Emeka Okafor posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have lost six of their last seven and 10 of 13. Jason Hart contributed 14 points.
Down 6-4 early, Miami reeled off eight straight points. A layup by O'Neal midway through the first quarter put them ahead 12-6.
A foul shot by Jahidi White, with less then four minutes left in the first, put Charlotte ahead 18-15. But the Heat ended the quarter with an 13-2 burst to lead 28-20.
Early in the second quarter, Hart hit a jumper to get the Bobcats within 29-26.
But consecutive dunks by Wade opened a 35-28 advantage for the Heat with 8:53 left in the second.
Charlotte pulled within 41-39 on two free throws by Theron Smith with 3:32 left in the quarter.
A dunk by Wade with 1:29 to go in the second capped a nine-point surge and staked Miami to a 50-39 advantage. His basket at the buzzer put the team ahead 55-43 at halftime.
Wade converted 7-of-10 shots from the field in the first half.
Less than five minutes into the third quarter, Charlotte got within 63-56 on a dunk by Gerald Wallace.
However, a three-point play by Wade capped a 18-4 burst and put the Heat ahead 81-60 with 3:53 to go in the third. They led 90-68 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bobcats cut their deficit to 16 points, but got no closer.
Damon Jones registered 12 points for the Heat, who improved to 11-0 when leading at halftime...Kareem Rush posted 10 points for the expansion Bobcats, who fell to 1-13 on the road this season...Udonis Haslem notched 11 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which is 19-2 against Eastern Conference opponents.
01/01 22:18:25 ET