NBA Game Summary - Miami at Charlotte
(Tuesday, November 13th)
Final Score: Charlotte 91, Miami 76
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and Jason Richardson added 18 as the Charlotte Bobcats routed the Miami Heat, 91-76.
Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who pounded what looked like an old, broken-down Miami team. Charlotte led by as many as 30 on two occasions.
"I should play," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "I guarantee you I should suit up. I can play better than some of the them right now. I guarantee you with an old hip, 62 years old, cant see, I'll play better than some of my guys tonight. Come on. They were pretty bad tonight."
Shaquille O'Neal finished with 17 points and six boards for the Heat, who again were without all-star guard Dwayne Wade.
Wade missed his seventh straight game after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason.
Charlotte opened the second half with an 18-3 run, capped by a Wallace triple for a 58-38 lead with 6:43 left in the third quarter.
A little less than four minutes later, Wallace blocked O'Neal and Matt Carroll drilled a trey on the other end to push the lead to 67-42.
The Bobcats outscored Miami 31-12 in the third quarter to take a commanding 71-47 lead into the fourth stanza.
The Heat never threatened in the final quarter.
"We kind of reminded ourselves that we had a 20-point lead the last time and they came back," said Richardson, referring to Charlotte's win over Miami a little over a week ago. When we have a team down we have to basically kick them."
Charlotte led 17-12 after a futile first period.
Richardson's alley-oop dunk with 2:49 left in the second quarter brought the small crowd to their feet and extended the Bobcats lead to 36-25. Miami, though, scored the final eight points of the frame to get within 40-35 at the half.
Charlotte has beaten Miami four straight times overall dating back to last year...The Bobcats shot 43 percent, while the Heat shot 38.5 percent and were just 1-of-7 from three-point range...Miami's Ricky Davis shot 2-for-12 and Udonis Haslem 4-for-13...Attendance was 12,169.
11/14 00:33:18 ET