Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Tuesday, November 25th
Game 2: Saturday, January 31st
Game 3: Wednesday, March 10th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 16th

Hornets 87

(10-5, 5-3 away)

Heat 91

(4-11, 3-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 25, 2003

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 22 17 27 2187
    MIA 23 27 23 1891

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: B. Davis 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    Miami: E. Jones 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Free throws by Jones, Grant seal it

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat finally beat the Hornets.

    Ever since the then-Charlotte Hornets swept the Heat from the playoffs in 2001, Miami has been unable to win a game against its fellow 1988 expansion member.

    The streak ended at 10 Tuesday night, with Eddie Jones and Brian Grant each hitting two free throws in the final 15 seconds to help the Heat beat New Orleans 91-87.

    The victory was the Heat's first over the Hornets since April 2001, also breaking a seven-game regular-season losing streak.

    "It especially feels good to beat the Hornets because they've had our number ever since I got here," Grant said. "It's been a while. It's a good start for this team."

    Grant and Jones are the only two Heat players who have endured the entire streak.

    "I'm just happy to get a win, I don't care who it is against," said Jones, who was acquired from the Hornets in a trade that sent Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown to the Hornets before the 2000-01 season.

    Lamar Odom's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:21 remaining put Miami ahead for good at 87-85.

    New Orleans had two opportunities at cutting Miami's lead, but George Lynch missed a baseline 3-pointer with 51 seconds left and Grant blocked Brown's shot with 18 seconds remaining.

    "I thought I was fouled but at that point in the game they are not going to call it," Brown said. "It was a good play by the Heat. They played hard tonight and we waited too long to play hard."

    Jones led the Heat with 25 points, and Odom added 19. Baron Davis scored 28 points for the Hornets.

    "Every step this team takes is great, the main thing is we're making progress in a lot of areas," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.

    Brown's baseline jumper with 2:25 left in the fourth quarter gave New Orleans an 85-84 lead before Odom's winning shot.

    "This is something we need to do, defend our home court," Odom said. "They're one of the best teams in the league, and beating them on your home court gives you some confidence."

    The Heat were coming off a 1-4 West Coast trip.

    "It's a step in the right direction," Jones said. "I love the way we closed them out. We went down one and kept fighting. We went down the stretch and made our foul shots."

    Davis' short jumper with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter put New Orleans ahead 78-77, its first lead since 26-25. The teams then exchanged the lead eight times.

    Game notes

    Miami shot a season-best 55 percent from the field in the first half. ... Miami forward Caron Butler watched the game in street clothes, sitting out the game because of a left quadriceps injury. ... The Heat hired Brian Hecker as scouting information coordinator. He is a former assistant coach at the University of Houston and University of Wisconsin.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 91
    FGM-FGA 33-80 (.413) 34-69 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 8-19 (.421) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 13-19 (.684) 17-20 (.850)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 6-39
    Assists 19 17
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 0 2
    Fast Break Points 3 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0