NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 15th (All times eastern)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2-3) at Miami Heat (4-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat target their third straight win this evening when they continue their four-game homestand against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.
On Saturday, Jason Williams poured in 22 points and dished out seven assists to lead Miami to a 108-99 home victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Dwyane Wade added 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, as the Heat won back-to- back games for the first time this season.
Udonis Haslem had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Alonzo Mourning added 16 points. Antoine Walker, who came off the bench for his first non-start since May 5, 1999, chipped in 12 points and nine boards.
The Heat let a 28-point fourth-quarter lead dip to seven before closing out the Bobcats.
Miami, which will close its homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, is 3-1 in its arena this season.
New Orleans, meanwhile, has dropped two in a row after dropping a 109-103 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
Chris Paul tallied a career-high 26 points to lead five Hornets in double figures. Speedy Claxton scored 17 points and dished out seven assists, while David West contributed 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the loss.
The Hornets, who have dropped three of five on the season, lost guard J.R. Smith in the contest with an ankle injury. He is doubtful for tonight's affair.
New Orleans, which will play its next two games at the Ford Center, is 1-1 away from home this season.
Miami took both matchups with the Hornets last season and has won three straight and five of the last six meetings. New Orleans has also lost six of 10 and eight of its last 13 in South Beach.
11/15 10:33:18 ET