Mashburn scored 35 points and grabbed eight rebounds against his
former team Saturday night to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a
''I knew it was going to be one of those nights when I saw I had
a lot of zip on my passes and I started seeing things before they
actually happened,'' said Mashburn, who insisted it's just
coincidence he always plays well against Miami.
The Heat traded him to the Hornets before the 2000-2001 season.
Mashburn hit a key jumper near the top of the key and sank a
foul shot in the final minute to stave off an inspired comeback
attempt by Miami, which trailed by as much as 11 in the fourth
quarter after squandering a 12-point halftime lead.
The game marked a sharp increase in production for Mashburn, who
missed most of the playoffs last season with a virus and scored 37
points combined in the first two games this season.
''In the first couple games I was a little anxious, but I
settled down and realized these guys need me,'' Mashburn said.
Mashburn came in averaging 22.9 points in seven regular-season
games against the Heat since Miami traded him to the Hornets before
the 2000-2001 season.
Mashburn scored 21 in the first half, keeping the Hornets in it
as Miami took a 53-41 lead.
''He really played well and we needed it because we really
didn't play that well in the first half,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas
Mashburn scored only four points in the third quarter, but his
teammates -- particularly Wesley -- picked up the pace as the Hornets
outscored Miami 34-18 in the period.
Wesley scored 14 in the third, including three of his four
The Hornets also had seven of their 14 offensive rebounds in the
period, limiting Miami's ability to run its fastbreak.
''You can't run without rebounds and we let them attack and
didn't come back attacking,'' Jones said. ''We were just down there
letting them do what they wanted to do. I can understand having a
bad stretch of three or four minutes, but we had a bad stretch the
whole third quarter.''
''It became more physical,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. ''They
got some long rebounds that turned into three 3s and that sort of
turned the game real quick and got them the momentum.''
Mashburn, guarded most of the game by Butler, scored 10 points
in the fourth quarter.
''He can play. He's a talent -- quick, athletic, I like him as a
small forward,'' Mashburn said.
Butler felt he played solid defense on Mashburn.
''I had him taking tough shots. He just converted a lot of
them,'' Butler said. ''You did your job if you make a player take a
The Hornets, coming off an 84-79 defeat in Chicago a night
earlier, came out flat and the Heat took advantage, outhustling New
Orleans for a 19-2 advantage on fastbreak points over the first
Miami led by as much 15 when Butler found Eddie House for a
fastbreak layup that made it 47-32 with 2:54 left in the first
The Hornets have won five of their last six games against
Miami. ... After a standing-room only crowd of 17,668 in their home
opener -- the Hornets' first regular-season home game since moving
from Charlotte -- a crowd of 15,419 showed up for the Hornets'
second home game. A regular sellout for the basketball
configuration at the New Orleans Arena is listed as 17,200. ...
Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman sat courtside next to Hornets
co-owner Ray Wooldridge.