Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 2: Tuesday, February 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 26th
Game 4: Friday, March 14th

Hornets 78

(27-24, 9-16 away)

Heat 69

(17-33, 11-15 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 21 13 26 1878
    MIA 20 13 15 2169

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: J. Mashburn 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Miami: E. Jones 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Mashburn held to 15 points, but Hornets still win

    MIAMI (AP) -- Even without Jamal Mashburn scoring at his recent pace, the New Orleans Hornets still found a way to win.

    Jamal Mashburn

    Mashburn couldn't match his offense output from before the All-Star break, but the Hornets relied on his rebounding and defense for a 78-69 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

    Mashburn, who averaged 31.7 points in his three previous games, finished with 15 on 6-for-18 shooting to help the Hornets to their third straight win. Mashburn also had 14 rebounds and three assists.

    "You kind of figure it's going to be a bit of an ugly night with the layoff and all that,'' said Mashburn, who scored 39, 30 and 26 points in his three games prior to the All-Star break.

    "The shots sometimes don't fall, and that's just part of it. As long as we continue to play hard, it will come.''

    Mashburn hurt his former team in other ways. His 14 rebounds were just one shy of his season high, and he also came through with a pair of steals.

    "We all struggled on the shooting part, but the third quarter really picked us up,'' Mashburn said. "It's tough when you're not scoring, so you try to do other things to help your team.''

    Jamaal Magloire also scored 15 points, while David Wesley and P.J. Brown added 11 and 10, respectively.

    The Hornets shot just 41 percent, but their defense proved to be the difference, holding Miami to 36 percent shooting. The Hornets also had a big edge in rebounding, 49-31.

    "Neither team shot that well,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "When you come off the (All-Star) break, the first game you play usually is a sluggish one. We outrebounded them by 18, and that really says something about our guys. We picked it up in the second half and dominated. We really needed this win.''

    Eddie Jones scored 26 for the Heat, who have dropped four of five. The Heat scored fewer than 70 points for the sixth time this year.

    "The game was played poorly from both sides,'' Miami coach Pat Riley said. "It was sort of sluggish, and the first team that took any assertive, aggressive control was going to win. They went on about a 10-0 run. That, coupled with our horrible shooting and not rebounding the ball, did us in.''

    After trailing 44-40, the Hornets closed the third quarter with a 20-4 run to open a 60-48 lead. The Heat never drew closer than nine points the rest of the way.

    "It was an ugly game,'' Heat center Brian Grant said. "Whoever picked it up was going to win, and they did just that. They went on that run (in the third quarter) and we had a couple of turnovers and couldn't get it done.''

    The Hornets' bench also was a factor, outscoring the Heat's reserves 21-6. Courtney Alexander led the Hornets' reserves with 10 points.

    "We knew it was going to be a tough shooting night coming off the break,'' Alexander said. "We knew it was going to be a grind-it-out game, but we got it done.

    "Collectively, everybody got it done, and that's what we're going to need for the second half of the year.''

    Game notes

    Jones strained his left groin in the fourth quarter and is listed day-to-day. ... Riley tied Jack Ramsay for fifth place for most games coached in a career with 1,647. ... The Heat wrapped up a stretch of eight of nine games at home, going 3-5. ... The Hornets have won five straight against the Heat. ... The Hornets are 23-5 when leading after the third quarter. ... Miami plays seven of its next eight on the road. ...Mashburn struggled from the start, going 2-for-10 in the first half and scoring seven points. ... Miami fell to 0-10 when trailing entering the fourth quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 69
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 27-75 (.360)
    3PM-3PA 1-9 (.111) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 11-12 (.917)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-49 6-31
    Assists 20 13
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 6 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 15
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 26
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2