Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/25

Game 1: Tuesday, October 25th
Heat91Final
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Heat 91

(3-4, 0-2 away)

Hornets 111

(2-4, 1-3 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, October 25, 2005

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 19 31 16 2591
    NO 37 29 19 26111

    Hornets spoil Shaq's LSU homecoming

    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.

    Bostjan Nachbar scored 20, Kirk Snyder 19 and Jamaal Magloire 12 for the Hornets.

    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.

    Darius Rice added 14 points for the Heat. Doreel Wright added 12 and Antoine Walker scored 11.

    The Hornets led 37-19 after one quarter and 66-50 at halftime. Most of the starters for both teams played the first three quarters.

    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.

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