Ethan J. Skolnick

Hornets coming apart in Miami, as they often have this season. And Napier -- who needs to be out there in crunch time -- puts Heat up 1.

Ira Winderman

A Bosh 3, a Napier steal and his two free throws and Heat within 86-84.

Tom Haberstroh

#LeaguePassAlert Kemba vs. Shabazz in Miami. Hornets up 2 with 5:25 left in the game.

Surya Fernandez

Someone has to step up now for the Heat to avoid their fourth consecutive home loss. The team has scored 24 points so far in the 2nd half.

Jason Jackson

Nice 14 point swing for the @Charlotte Hornets …. @Miami Heat down 5 heading into the final stanza #HeatLive

Surya Fernandez

Hornets outscored the Heat 28-14 in the third quarter.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Hornets lead by 5 entering 4th, in what would be another ugly home loss for Heat. Charlotte shot 10-for-17 in the third.

Barry Jackson

If lose to Patriots,Dolphins at very least must beat Jets twice, Ravens, Vikings to have any real playoff shot.Even that might not be enough

Ira Winderman

Rough third quarter for Heat, go into fourth down 72-67. Chalmers and Deng have cooled, while Jefferson and Walker have become problematic.

Joseph Goodman

#Hornets 72, #Heat 67 entering the fourth quarter.

Barry Jackson

Tannehill closes 26 for 36, 228 yards, 104.9 rating. Has topped 100 passer rating in 5 of last 8;Landry:7 catches,50. Miller:12 rushes, 59.

Barry Jackson

Dolphins allow 22 points in 4th;outgained 238-101 in 2nd half;allow Manning to post 135.4 rating;just 1 sack,1 QB hit;and allow 5.7 per rush

Ethan J. Skolnick

Shabazz Napier and Kemba Walker going at each other. Like a practice in Storrs, circa 2011. Heat lead, 67-66.

Ethan J. Skolnick

The Dolphins covered, and they tried a creative onside kick. So there's that.

Ira Winderman

Lance called for his fourth foul on a double foul with Shannon Brown.

Ira Winderman

And with Walker 3, Hornets go up 60-57. Heat's concerns with Jefferson have them scrambling on the perimeter.

Shandel Richardson

This is starting to look like the Milwaukee game

Ira Winderman

Rough start to the third for Shannon Brown, but Napier comes in for Chalmers.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Lance Stephenson's now made 6 of his last 8, and Hornets have pulled even. Al Jefferson is having no trouble getting post touches.

Ira Winderman

Lance getting his anti-Heat buzz going.

Jason Jackson

Ok NOW I think the @Miami Heat know the second half started thanks to @Charlotte Hornets 7-0 run to start the 3rdQ #HEATLive

Ira Winderman

Three Heat turnovers to start second half, all lead to scores, Hornets go from down 53-44 at half to within 53-51.

Ira Winderman

Shannon Brown now happening for the Heat, and it's not good. Two quick turnovers to start the second half.

Shandel Richardson

And the Dolphins do it again

Surya Fernandez

Even with McRoberts' shot waived off, the Heat finished the first half 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point territory.

Ira Winderman

And for all those times I might have said "'Bobcats" I meant "Hornets."

Ira Winderman

Heat lose Birdman for balance of game in first quarter with sprained right ankle. bit.ly/1rftd5u

Ethan J. Skolnick

Heat lead Hornets, 53-44, at half. Deng w/ 19. Jefferson w/ 13. Andersen has sprained ankle. In other news, what's with Dolphins' front 7?

Surya Fernandez

McRoberts misses out on his second straight 3-pointer by a split second. Close call but it was the right one. Heat up 53-44 at the half.

Ira Winderman

McRoberts three ruled late. So score stands.

Ira Winderman

Heat 53, Hornets 44 at half. Deng with 19. Bosh with 11. Heat sharp on second night of back-to-back. Reviewing late 3 attempt.

Ethan J. Skolnick

I may be wrong, but I think that's the first outside shot that I've seen Josh McRoberts make this season.

Ira Winderman

McRoberts, three, finally.

Ira Winderman

Deng's 19 points and Chalmers' seven assists both tie Heat highs for any half this season. Still 1:44 left in second period.

Surya Fernandez

Bosh with 9 second quarter points so far after just 2 in the opening quarter.

Ira Winderman

Truth be told, the building has filled up nicely, perhaps more an issue of the early start than Dolphins-mania.

Surya Fernandez

It doesn't matter what team name is on the front of his jersey, Al Jefferson will always have big games against the Heat.

Shandel Richardson

Heat are shooting 60 percent.

Shandel Richardson

Lance Stephenson seemed to have awakened from slow start.

Surya Fernandez

McRoberts was briefly in the locker room but has since rejoined his teammates. Bathroom break?

Tom Haberstroh

Heat players dropping like flies. Wade out. Norris Cole out. Chris Andersen out with a right ankle sprain. McRoberts to the locker room.

Surya Fernandez

Deng already has 17 points midway through the 2nd quarter.

Ira Winderman

Josh McRoberts now heads to the locker room.

Joseph Goodman

Bidrman right ankle sprain. Out for the game.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman has a right ankle sprain and he will not return to the game.

Shandel Richardson

And yet another injury for the Heat.

Shandel Richardson

Chris Andersen sprained his right ankle. Will not return.

Ira Winderman

Chris Andersen right ankle sprain, will not return.

Ira Winderman

Heat getting Cody Zeller-ed again. He can't be this good against anyone else, can he?

Jason Jackson

Not sure how to entirely articulate it but it just feels good to watch @Udonis Haslem do what he does #HEATLive

Joseph Goodman

Deng with 13 points already after scoring just nine on Saturday against the Magic.

Shandel Richardson

Even Udonis Haslem is scoring.

Shandel Richardson

Luol Deng and Mario Chalmers carrying the Heat.

Ira Winderman

Deng starting to make those mid-range jumpers he couldn't miss with the Bulls.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Lance Stephenson just double-dribbled with no defender within 10 feet of him. He's also 0-for-3.

Surya Fernandez

Heat up by a single point at the end of the 1st quarter 23-22. Chalmers and Deng with 8 each. Al Jefferson leads all scorers with 11.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Heat lead Hornets, 23-22, after first. Chalmers 4-of-4. Jefferson 5-of-5. Will get an update on injury to Chris Andersen.

Joseph Goodman

#Heat 23, #Hornets 22 after 1Q. Dang and Chalmers with eight points each. Big Al with 11.

Ira Winderman

Heat 23, Hornets 22 at end of first quarter. Jefferson with 11 for Charlotte, Chalmers, Deng eight apiece for Heat.

Tom Haberstroh

Al Jefferson by himself has more post-up points than 25 entire NBA rosters. He leads all scorers with 11 overall here in Miami after 1Q.

Ira Winderman

Al Jefferson carving up Heat inside.

Ira Winderman

And then Chalmers to Napier for the three. And yes, Chalmers is on the All-Star ballot (so is everyone else).

Tom Haberstroh

MIA could use the 7-footer right about now. RT @Marc Stein: Hearing that the Miami Heat are lining up Hassan Whiteside for an @nbadleague

Surya Fernandez

Birdman quickly gets up and walks off the court with the help of Hamilton. As he entered the tunnel, he was limping on his own and in pain.

Joseph Goodman

Birdman is helped off the court and goes straight to the locker room. Possibly a sprained ankle.

Tom Haberstroh

Birdman helped off the floor and into the locker room after falling down awkwardly. Looks like a leg injury.

Ira Winderman

So Haslem enters after being held out Saturday in Orlando.

Shandel Richardson

Chris Andersen helped off the court. Limped to locker room

Ethan J. Skolnick

Gary Neal cleared out Brian Roberts so he could dribble baseline & try a reverse layup against 3 defenders. I've seen a lot of that lately.

Ira Winderman

Birdman directly to the locker room.

Ira Winderman

Birdman down and limping, being helped off.

Joseph Goodman

Birman going out with an injury. Doesn't look good.

Surya Fernandez

Birdman down under the basket. He's signaling for the trainer to come over. Doesn't look good.

Ira Winderman

Deng out after a 4-of-5 start.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Luol Deng, off to a hot start (4 of 5) tonight, has been Heat's barometer. Shooting 60 percent in 6 wins, 34.4 percent in 6 losses.

Ira Winderman

Actually feel bad for Steve Clifford, considering the passion the Hornets coach has for defense.

Surya Fernandez

Deng with four early points. With Wade continuing to sit, it's crucial for Miami to get him going.

Ira Winderman

Deng with the run out, and Chalmers actually sees him for the halfcourt assist. Big start for the Rio-coaster.

Ira Winderman

Chalmers showing if he started out on a bad team, he just might have made himself a lot more money. He is relishing leading-man opportunity.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Chalmers with a jumper, a block and a layup. He is the Heat's one creator right now.

Shandel Richardson

Would the Clippers be called "Lob City" if Mario Chalmers was running the point?

Ira Winderman

Apparently, Heat fans also are Dolphins fans. As empty as this building has been in a long, long time.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Sparse crowd in Miami so far tonight, but they remembered to boo Lance Stephenson

Ira Winderman

Keep in mind, Justin Hamilton has a Dec. 1 partial-guarantee date, so a Hassan Whiteside addition could eventually possibly push him out.

Ira Winderman

Heat have saved one D-League "assignment" to allow them to cut Andre Dawkins and have him move directly to Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Ira Winderman

Following up on @Marc Stein report, Heat have looked at Hassan Whiteside before. Could be as simple as dropping Andre Dawkins to D-League

Barry Jackson

Halftime numbers, with Fins up 21-17: Tannehill 11-14-122, 126.8 rating; Miller 6 carries, 52 yards. Each team with 212 yds of offense.

Shandel Richardson

What do Burt Reynolds, Jim Morrison, Tony La Russa and a Dolphins cheerleader have in common? fw.to/6ByIvLd

Surya Fernandez

Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger and Udonis Haslem take warmup shots before Hornets game. burst.com/h/gy18072

Ira Winderman

For starters: A look at lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Heat-Hornets bit.ly/159Z9Up 6 p.m. (Sun Sports)

Ira Winderman

Shannon Brown again starts for Heat, with Wade and Cole out.

Surya Fernandez

Video: Dwyane Wade warms up before Hornets game. burst.com/h/5n1806c

Ira Winderman

Wade on the court for another pregame workout for Heat, currently shooting jumpers alongside Danny Granger.

Ira Winderman

Heat D-League team fell to 1-1 Saturday with a 124-104 home loss to Iowa. Center Khem Birch had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Ira Winderman

Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole out again for Heat on Sunday against visiting Hornets. bit.ly/11OWYEn

Surya Fernandez

Spoelstra says no change in injury status from yesterday. Wade and Cole will not play tonight. Everyone else is available.

Joseph Goodman

Norris Cole and Dwyane Wade both out tonight against the Hornets.

Ira Winderman

Erik Spoelstra says Dwyane Wade is out and Cole is out.