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Heat face Hornets in second game of back-to-back

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Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets

  1. The Heat lost to the Kings at home last night, 123-113, and are now 0-2 in the first game of back-to-backs this season. The Hornets lost in Philadelphia on Saturday, 105-103. Last season, Charlotte went 5-11 (.313) with two-plus days of rest and went 9-7 (.563) when facing opponents on zero days of rest.
  2. Charlotte won in Miami on October 20, beating the Heat, 113-112. Kemba Walker scored 39 points in the game, making seven three pointers. It was Walker's second game this season with at least seven made threes after making seven or more only four times in 523 games prior to this season.
  3. This win was Charlotte's first in its last seven against Miami -- since March of 2017, the Heat are 6-1 (.857) against the Hornets, Miami's best mark versus any single opponent (min. 5 GP). The Heat have shot 40.4 percent from three over these seven games compared to the Hornets' mark of 31.6.
  4. Dwyane Wade led the Heat in scoring in the early-season loss to Charlotte, pouring in 21 from the bench on 9-of-15 shooting. Wade has scored 20 or more points 613 times in his career, trailing only LeBron James (951), Dirk Nowitzki (858), Carmelo Anthony (752) and Kevin Durant (661) among active players.
  5. Miles Bridges played 25+ minutes for the first time against Chicago, then played 30+ for the first time the next night against Philadelphia. With Bridges on the court, the Hornets score 114.8 points per 100 possessions and shoot 49.8 percent compared to 109.2 per 100 and 43.0 without him on the floor.
  6. Charlotte is blocking 7.57 shots per game, most in the NBA, while the Heat rank third in the league at 7.17 per game. Since last season, the Hornets are 11-9 (.550) in games when they block at least seven shots compared to the Heat who are 20-4 (.833) in such games, trailing only the Rockets (17-2 - .895).

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Miami Heat gets an opportunity to avenge a loss they feel they didn't deserve when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

The clubs met 10 days ago in Miami, a 113-112 Hornets win that was decided by a Kemba Walker free throw with a half-second remaining.

The foul shot came after Walker had bumped into Miami's Rodney McGruder on a dive to the basket, contact worthy of potential tie-breaker free throws in the referee's mind despite the serious objection of Heat players and their fans.

Walker capped a 39-point effort by making the first foul shot, before missing the second intentionally.

The Heat has recovered nicely, winning two of three, including triumphs over New York and Portland.

The Hornets have dropped three of four since then.

Miami will be playing the second night of a back-to-back, with the Heat having been surprised 123-113 at home by Sacramento on Monday night.

The back-to-back is the second of the young season for the Heat, who won 113-112 at Washington on the second night of the earlier set.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believes his club has the type of depth to do well in back-to-back situations this season.

"We love our roster," he boasted last week. "We have great depth and a lot of guys that can hurt you."

One key contributor off the Miami bench this season has been Dwyane Wade, who has announced this will be his last season.

After having averaged 15.7 points as a reserve over a three-game stretch, Wade was harassed into 2-for-10 shooting and just eight points against the Kings on Monday.

The Heat wasted a 16-point, 24-rebound effort from Hassan Whiteside in the contest, shooting just 41.3 percent from the field.

In a season that promises to be filled with going-away parties, this won't be the 36-year-old Wade's final trip to Charlotte. The clubs will meet again on the Hornets' home floor in March.

Wade had a season-best 21 points in the earlier meeting with the Hornets. He has scored in double figures in 39 of his 41 career meetings with Charlotte.

Walker has had similar success against the Heat, going for 11 or more points 25 times in 27 meetings. The 39-point explosion earlier this season was his highest against Miami.

The league's third-leading scorer at 31.7 points per game is coming off a 37-point performance in a 105-103 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday.

He shot just 3-for-15 on 3-pointers on what was the second night of a back-to-back for the Hornets.

"Sometimes those shots don't fall with tired legs," Hornets coach James Borrego noted to reporters.

Walker had scored 30 points the night before at home against Chicago.

Other than the last-second free throw, one of the big differences in the first meeting between the Hornets and Heat was in 3-point shooting, where Charlotte outscored Miami 48-33.

Walker hit seven of the Hornets' 16 threes, while teammates Malik Monk (three), Nicolas Batum (two), Marvin Williams (two) and Jeremy Lamb (two) combined for the other nine.

McGruder accounted for four of Miami's 11 threes.

Updated October 30, 2018

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