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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.
A Bosh 3, a Napier steal and his two free throws and Heat within 86-84.
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.
Hornets outscored the Heat 28-14 in the third quarter.
Hornets lead by 5 entering 4th, in what would be another ugly home loss for Heat. Charlotte shot 10-for-17 in the third.
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
Rough third quarter for Heat, go into fourth down 72-67. Chalmers and Deng have cooled, while Jefferson and Walker have become problematic.
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.
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
Shabazz Napier and Kemba Walker going at each other. Like a practice in Storrs, circa 2011. Heat lead, 67-66.
The Dolphins covered, and they tried a creative onside kick. So there's that.
Lance called for his fourth foul on a double foul with Shannon Brown.
And with Walker 3, Hornets go up 60-57. Heat's concerns with Jefferson have them scrambling on the perimeter.
This is starting to look like the Milwaukee game
Rough start to the third for Shannon Brown, but Napier comes in for Chalmers.
Lance Stephenson's now made 6 of his last 8, and Hornets have pulled even. Al Jefferson is having no trouble getting post touches.
Lance getting his anti-Heat buzz going.
Three Heat turnovers to start second half, all lead to scores, Hornets go from down 53-44 at half to within 53-51.
Shannon Brown now happening for the Heat, and it's not good. Two quick turnovers to start the second half.
And the Dolphins do it again
Even with McRoberts' shot waived off, the Heat finished the first half 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point territory.
And for all those times I might have said "'Bobcats" I meant "Hornets."
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?
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.
McRoberts three ruled late. So score stands.
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.
I may be wrong, but I think that's the first outside shot that I've seen Josh McRoberts make this season.
McRoberts, three, finally.
Deng's 19 points and Chalmers' seven assists both tie Heat highs for any half this season. Still 1:44 left in second period.
Bosh with 9 second quarter points so far after just 2 in the opening quarter.
Truth be told, the building has filled up nicely, perhaps more an issue of the early start than Dolphins-mania.
It doesn't matter what team name is on the front of his jersey, Al Jefferson will always have big games against the Heat.
Heat are shooting 60 percent.
Lance Stephenson seemed to have awakened from slow start.
McRoberts was briefly in the locker room but has since rejoined his teammates. Bathroom break?
Heat players dropping like flies. Wade out. Norris Cole out. Chris Andersen out with a right ankle sprain. McRoberts to the locker room.
Deng already has 17 points midway through the 2nd quarter.
Josh McRoberts now heads to the locker room.
Bidrman right ankle sprain. Out for the game.
Birdman has a right ankle sprain and he will not return to the game.
And yet another injury for the Heat.
Chris Andersen sprained his right ankle. Will not return.
Chris Andersen right ankle sprain, will not return.
Chalmers to Deng. Again.
Heat getting Cody Zeller-ed again. He can't be this good against anyone else, can he?
Deng with 13 points already after scoring just nine on Saturday against the Magic.
Even Udonis Haslem is scoring.
Luol Deng and Mario Chalmers carrying the Heat.
Deng starting to make those mid-range jumpers he couldn't miss with the Bulls.
Lance Stephenson just double-dribbled with no defender within 10 feet of him. He's also 0-for-3.
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.
Heat lead Hornets, 23-22, after first. Chalmers 4-of-4. Jefferson 5-of-5. Will get an update on injury to Chris Andersen.
Heat 23, Hornets 22 at end of first quarter. Jefferson with 11 for Charlotte, Chalmers, Deng eight apiece for Heat.
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.
Al Jefferson carving up Heat inside.
And then Chalmers to Napier for the three. And yes, Chalmers is on the All-Star ballot (so is everyone else).
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.
Birdman is helped off the court and goes straight to the locker room. Possibly a sprained ankle.
Birdman helped off the floor and into the locker room after falling down awkwardly. Looks like a leg injury.
So Haslem enters after being held out Saturday in Orlando.
Chris Andersen helped off the court. Limped to locker room
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.
Birdman directly to the locker room.
Birdman down and limping, being helped off.
Birman going out with an injury. Doesn't look good.
Birdman down under the basket. He's signaling for the trainer to come over. Doesn't look good.
Deng out after a 4-of-5 start.
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.
Actually feel bad for Steve Clifford, considering the passion the Hornets coach has for defense.
Deng with four early points. With Wade continuing to sit, it's crucial for Miami to get him going.
Deng with the run out, and Chalmers actually sees him for the halfcourt assist. Big start for the Rio-coaster.
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.
Strong start by Chalmers
Chalmers with a jumper, a block and a layup. He is the Heat's one creator right now.
Would the Clippers be called "Lob City" if Mario Chalmers was running the point?
Apparently, Heat fans also are Dolphins fans. As empty as this building has been in a long, long time.
Sparse crowd in Miami so far tonight, but they remembered to boo Lance Stephenson
Keep in mind, Justin Hamilton has a Dec. 1 partial-guarantee date, so a Hassan Whiteside addition could eventually possibly push him out.
Heat have saved one D-League "assignment" to allow them to cut Andre Dawkins and have him move directly to Sioux Falls Skyforce.
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.
Shannon Brown again starts for Heat, with Wade and Cole out.
Wade on the court for another pregame workout for Heat, currently shooting jumpers alongside Danny Granger.
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.
Spoelstra says no change in injury status from yesterday. Wade and Cole will not play tonight. Everyone else is available.
Norris Cole and Dwyane Wade both out tonight against the Hornets.
Erik Spoelstra says Dwyane Wade is out and Cole is out.