NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Miami
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Charlotte 90, Miami 88
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jason Richardson scored a game-high 29 points, including six three-pointers, as the Charlotte Bobcats held off a furious rally to beat the Miami Heat, 90-88, at American Airlines Arena.
Emeka Okafor added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Raymond Felton had 19 points and seven assists as the Bobcats moved to 2-0 for the first time in franchise history. Gerald Wallace had 13 points in the win.
Udonis Haslem led the Heat with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points and nine boards for Miami, which dropped its third straight game to open this season. Ricky Davis contributed 12 points, and Dorell Wright chipped in 11.
With the Heat down 88-86 and 14 seconds left, Felton was blocked by O'Neal on a drive to the hoop, and Wright rebounded the ball. After Miami called a timeout to set a play, Davis turned the ball over with a bad pass with two seconds left, effectively ruining the Heat's chance at a comeback.
Miami fouled, and Jeff McInnis made two free throws at the other end for the Bobcats for a four-point edge. Haslem made a jumper at the buzzer, but the two-pointer wasn't enough.
The Heat's comeback was a bit surprising, as Charlotte held a 16-point advantage not two minutes into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats started building the lead in the third, when Wallace hit a three- pointer with 6:10 left, making the score 66-57. After Haslem tipped in a shot for the Heat, Charlotte made a mini-run to draw out the lead.
Richardson dunked, Felton had a layup, and Richardson nailed a three from the right corner with 4:09 left in the third quarter. That made it a 73-59 Bobcats lead, and Miami called a timeout to regroup.
The teams traded baskets through the start of the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats' lead reached its zenith when Ryan Hollins drove to the basket in open space, and was fouled by Wright. He made the basket and resultant foul shot for an 81-65 Charlotte lead, with 10:65 left in the game.
But the Bobcats didn't make another field goal for the next five minutes, as Wright willed Miami back in the game. He scored nine of his 11 points in the Heat's 16-4 run. By the time he made a a pair of free throws with 3:09 left, the Heat were only down by four points, 85-81.
The game was actually tied, 86-86, when Davis hit a three with 1:04 left. But Felton made a pair of free throws on O'Neal's shooting foul, and Charlotte was able to hold off the charge.
The ending more closely resembled the first half, when no lead was particularly safe. Miami led by as many as six points early in the first quarter, and the teams were tied 27-27 after the first 12 minutes.
With seven minutes left in the first half, Charlotte had a 41-35 lead, and eventually took a seven-point edge into halftime.
Miami hasn't started 0-3 since 2003-04, when it started 0-7...O'Neal's 17 points were his first double-digit scoring this season...Miami will attempt to get its first win of the season November 7 at San Antonio...Charlotte has now won three straight against the Heat.
11/04 22:20:11 ET