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National Basketball Association
Preview
Charlotte at Miami
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

The short-handed Miami Heat aim for a second straight victory when they host the struggling Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The Hornets have lost four straight and six of seven after blowing a 23-point lead in a 105-100 loss to Orlando on Friday. They haven't looked like the same team that beat Miami 96-89 on Nov. 5 in Charlotte, snapping a 16-game regular-season losing streak against the Heat.

Miami beat that same Magic team Saturday, getting a season-high 32 points from Chris Bosh to survive without starting guards Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Norris Cole (dislocated finger). "It was a team effort," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. "We have to put it behind us and get ready for a tough Eastern Conference opponent tomorrow night at home." The Hornets are 1-6 on the road this season and have dropped nine straight at Miami.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, NBATV, SportSouth (Charlotte), Sun Sports (Miami)

ABOUT THE HORNETS (4-9): Charlotte has a couple of offensive standouts in big man Al Jefferson (20.9 points, 7.1 rebounds) and point guard Kemba Walker (14.5 points, 5.0 assists), but it lacks a strong third option. Reserve guard Gary Neal (12.6 points) has shown flashes when healthy, and Lance Stephenson (9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists) can stuff the stat sheet, but neither is a go-to scorer. Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains sidelined by a stress reaction in his right foot and rookie guard P.J. Hairston is out with a sprained right ankle.

ABOUT THE HEAT (7-6): Miami showcased its depth against the Magic, as Mario Chalmers stepped into the starting lineup and contributed 24 points and eight assists and rookie Shabazz Napier chipped in 12 points off the bench. Bosh (21.5 points, 8.7 rebounds) has carried the team at times, especially with Wade out the past five games, but he was at his best Saturday. Luol Deng (13.8 points) was quiet at the offensive end against Orlando, but Shawne Williams (10.9 points) scored in double figures again to continue his best offensive season in seven years in the league.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Chalmers needs two 3-point field goals to become the fourth player in Heat history with 600.

2. Jefferson has scored in double figures in 37 of his last 38 regular-season games.

3. The Hornets have led at halftime in four of their seven road games and have lost all four.

PREDICTION: Heat 101, Hornets 95

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Charlotte 4-9 L4 3-3 1-6 0-0 4-9 2-1 3-3
Miami 7-6 W1 3-4 4-2 0-0 7-6 2-2 5-4
Last Meeting
Charlotte Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/5/14 MIA 89 CHAR 96 96 49 42.7 89 36 39.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Charlotte A. Jefferson 28 52.0 2
Miami D. Wade 25 50.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Charlotte L. Stephenson 13 3 10
Miami C. Bosh 13 2 11
Assists Player  
Charlotte K. Walker 7
Miami D. Wade 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Charlotte A. Jefferson 370 46.3 48
Miami C. Bosh 411 46.2 111
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Charlotte A. Jefferson 144 37 107
Miami C. Bosh 164 32 132
Assists Player  
Charlotte K. Walker 98
Miami D. Wade 79
Quickchart Matchup
Charlotte Off vs  Miami Defense
94.4 Points For
96.6 Points Against
43.4 FG%
46.4 FG%
42.4 Reb
40.1 Reb
Miami Off vs  Charlotte Defense
97.2 Points For
99.8 Points Against
46.8 FG%
46.2 FG%
40.1 Reb
43.2 Reb