Heat wave hinders Hornets
Jon Scheyer connected on a 3-point shot with 39 seconds remaining to seal the 77-72 Heat victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Sunday's final game in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Trailing by seven heading into the fourth quarter, the Heat went on a 7-0 run pulling within one. They held the Hornets scoreless for nearly four minutes in the period. The Heat came within one point of the Hornets (69-68) with 1:08 left on the clock and regained the lead with Scheyer's shot for the first time since leading 52-50 late in the third quarter.
The Heat had three players in double digits, including a game-high 24 points by Kenny Hasbrouck, 18 points for NBA veteran Shavlik Randolph and 11 points for Scheyer. The Hornets also had three players in double figures with Marcus Thornton leading the way with 14 points, Craig Brackins adding 12 and Aubrey Coleman with 11.
"I think our mindset was just to work hard, that was the biggest thing," Hasbrouck said of the game. "We had a real hard week of practice against each other, and once we got to go against someone else it was just fun to compete and work our hardest against them. And, I think that's what ultimately won us the game -- just grinding it out."
The first half was a hotly contested battle featuring 10 lead changes and two ties. The Hornets led by as many as five in the half, while the Heat never led by more than four. Miami's first-half attack was led by Hasbrouck and Randolph, who combined for 23 of the team's 40 points, Hasbrouck scoring 13 while Randolph added 10. The Hornets had a more balanced attack with Quincy Pondexter scoring seven points in the opening half and Marcus Thornton and Aubrey Coleman adding six apiece.