Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Hornets102Final
OT
Heat109
Game 2: Wednesday, January 4th
Heat92Final
Hornets107

Heat 92

(19-14, 7-10 away)

Hornets 107

(14-17, 9-6 home)

Coverage: COX

7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 32 13 23 2492
NO 32 32 19 24107

Top Performers

Miami: D. Wade 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast

NO/Oklahoma City : C. Paul 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

Hornets beat Heat despite Wade's triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Even after six straight wins against his longtime mentor, Byron Scott still doesn't think he has Pat Riley figured out.

Desmond Mason scored 24 points and Scott's New Orleans Hornets overcame Dwyane Wade's second career triple-double for a 107-92 win against Riley's Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

It was the sixth time in a row Scott has prevailed in a matchup against Riley, his coach from 1983-90 while both were with the Los Angeles Lakers. Scott's previous five wins came while he was coaching the Nets.

"I don't know what our record is going against him. I know in Jersey my second and third years, we had a good team," Scott said. "But that doesn't matter. He's still a great coach."

Upon the Hornets' arrival in Oklahoma City, Scott promised to bring "Showtime" basketball to the Ford Center. Against Riley, his team scored a season-high in points, including 16 on fast breaks.

Scott said it's always special to see Riley, who guided the "Showtime" Lakers to four NBA championships in the 1980s and took over the Heat after Stan Van Gundy resigned last month.

Scott said he saw Riley when the teams met Nov. 15 in Miami but hadn't really talked to Riley since a 20-year reunion of the Lakers' 1985 NBA championship team last year.

The win made this reunion even better.

"It always feels good, but it feels good just to see him back out there," Scott said. "I'm just glad to see him back on the sidelines."

The Heat, who trailed 72-50 after Chris Paul set up Mason for a two-handed alley-oop jam with 7:58 to play in the third quarter, pulled within 11 with a string of nine straight points that extended into the fourth quarter.

Rasual Butler, who spent the last three seasons with Miami, responded by hitting a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-2 spurt to get the Hornets' lead to 93-74 and the Heat were never again closer than 14.

David West scored 20 and Paul had 15 points and nine assists for New Orleans. Kirk Snyder, making his second straight start in place of benched J.R. Smith, added a season-high 13 points.

Wade, who had a triple-double on Dec. 30, 2004 against Detroit, had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first Heat player to accomplish the feat twice. Shaquille O'Neal also scored 19 and Jason Williams added 15 points on five 3-pointers.

"I just wish I could have done more to help my team out," Wade said.

With O'Neal and Wade playing for the only time in Oklahoma City this season, an overflow crowd of 19,326 set a new attendance record for any basketball game at the Ford Center. To appease college football fans in the audience, clips of the Rose Bowl were shown on the scoreboard occasionally and periodic score updates were given over the loud speaker.

Wade nearly had a dubious quadruple-double, finishing with eight turnovers. Seven came in the first half as the Hornets built a 19-point lead.

"For the most part, I thought he saw a Hornet and a half or two every time he had the ball, and that was the key," Scott said. "We talked about playing five against two tonight, starting with Shaq and Dwyane Wade.

"We did a real good job of making those guys give the ball up and then closing out the other guys."

With O'Neal on the bench, the Hornets opened the second quarter with a tiebreaking 9-0 run. Snyder hit a 3-pointer, Chris Andersen made two free throws and Butler and Claxton added back-to-back baskets for New Orleans.

O'Neal re-entered after a timeout, but two free throws from P.J. Brown and another Snyder 3-pointer extended New Orleans' lead to 46-32 before Riley called another timeout.

The Heat scored the next six points to get within eight on O'Neal's alley-oop dunk from Wade, but the Hornets pushed their lead to 53-38 after a West layup and five straight points from Claxton.

Butler hit a jumper to cap the Hornets' highest-scoring half of the season to make it 64-45 at halftime.

Game notes


Smith, benched because of a lack of effort in practice, played only the final 32 seconds, as Scott got all of his reserves into the game. ... West hit only his second 3-pointer of the season. His other came in a 105-99 win against Seattle on Nov. 26 that was previously the Hornets' highest-scoring game of the season.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
NO
Points 92 107
FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 9-23 (.391) 8-14 (.571)
FTM-FTA 15-24 (.625) 23-30 (.767)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-46 10-40
Assists 19 23
Turnovers 17 10
Steals 6 10
Blocks 5 4
Fast Break Points 4 16
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 22

Top Performers

Miami
No/oklahoma City
Dwyane Wade Wade
Points: 19
Reb: 10
Ast: 10
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Chris Paul Paul
Points: 15
Reb: 6
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 0