Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 76

(7-4, 1-3 away)

Charlotte 61

(7-3, 3-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2011

    Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    MIA 31 4576
    CHAR 24 3761

    Top Performers

    Miami (FL): K. Kadji 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Blk

    Charlotte: P. Henry 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Miami 76, Charlotte 61

    Associated Press

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kenny Kadji scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Miami pulled away in the second half to beat Charlotte 76-61 on Thursday night.

    Durand Scott added 14 points and Reggie Johnson and Rion Brown added 11 each for the Hurricanes (7-4), who made up for the absence of leading scorer Malcolm Grant by shooting 54 percent (27 of 50) from the field and hitting 8 of 19 3-pointers.

    All-ACC guard Grant was out of the lineup due to a death in his family.

    Charlotte (7-3) managed to keep things close early, leading twice in the first five minutes -- the last at 9-6 on two Braswell free throws with 14:53 to go in the first half. It then tied it at 18 on K.J. Sherrill's free throw with 8:02 left until halftime.

    The Hurricanes then took the lead on Trey McKinney Jones' 3-pointer from the corner. Miami then closed out the half on a 13-6 run to lead 31-24 at the break.

    The 49ers opened the second half with a 12-6 run, capped by Derrio Green's 3-pointer with 16:24 left in the second half, to cut the Hurricanes' lead to 37-36.

    However, Miami responded by hitting five straight 3s -- two by Kadji -- during a 21-10 run to push its lead to 60-43 with 8:06 remaining.

    Charlotte got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

    Chris Braswell finished with 12 points for the 49ers, who shot just 32.2 percent (19 of 59) -- including 8 of 23 on 3-pointers, in snapping their five-game winning streak.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIA
    CHAR
    Points 76 61
    FG Made-Attempted 27-50 (.540) 19-59 (.322)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 8-23 (.348)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-18 (.778) 15-21 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 3

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