BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- J.R. Smith scored 24 points and Chris
Paul had nine assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 111-91
preseason victory over Miami on Tuesday night, spoiling the
homecoming of Heat center Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal, who played three seasons at LSU, returned to play at the
Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the first time since leaving
college after the 1991-92 season. He finished with 20 points, seven
rebounds and a blocked shot.
O'Neal received a loud ovation during pregame introductions and
on two monstrous dunks in the first half. He left in the third
quarter after picking up his fifth foul and then a technical foul
for arguing with the officials.
The Hornets led 37-19 after one quarter and 66-50 at halftime.
Most of the starters for both teams played the first three
Former LSU star Brandon Bass, a rookie, entered the game in the
fourth quarter and had four points, three rebounds and a dunk that
brought the crowd to its feet.