12/15 20:34 CST Ellington and Johnson score 16 each in Heat win vs. Hornets
Ellington and Johnson score 16 each in Heat win vs. Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) --- Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points
each and Miami held off a late rally for a 104-98 victory over the Charlotte
Hornets on Friday night.
It was Miami's 24th win in its past 30 games against Charlotte, which opened a
stretch of six of seven home games with a loss. Johnson and Ellington combined
for 10-of-16 shooting on 3-pointers.
Ellington was the game's only double-digit scorer at halftime. His 3 with 9
minutes remaining put Miami up 89-75. Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Bam
Adebayo and James Johnson added 11 points each for Miami (14-14). Dion Waiters
scored 10 for the Heat.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte (10-18) with 23 points after leaving the game in the
first half with a wrist injury. He returned to start the second half with his
left wrist wrapped, and his 3-pointer with 3:16 left pulled Charlotte within
Walker drew a foul against Johnson, his fifth, with 2:02 left. His free throws
closed the gap to 100-96, and Dwight Howard's driving layup brought the Hornets
within 100-98. Waiters hit a fadeaway for Miami's first basket in more than 2
minutes and a 102-98 lead.
Miami pulled away with free throws from Goran Dragic for the final margin.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shot 6 of 8 for 13 points for Charlotte, which has lost
four of five. Howard recorded his fourth double-double in five games for
Charlotte with 15 points and 16 rebounds. It was his 16th double-double this
Jeremy Lamb added 12 points off the bench for the Hornets.
Charlotte, which trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, cut the deficit to
53-47 on Michael Carter-Williams' free throws with 3.8 seconds left until
Frank Kaminsky finished with 10 points for Charlotte.
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