Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford played ten different Hornets (who all scored) in a tremendous 109-106 victory over the Heat in Miami. The Hornets shot 50% as a team from three point territory and Al Jefferson continued to thrive in his reserve role, scoring 21 and grabbing ten rebounds in just 27 minutes of play. Kemba Walker also had 21 for the Hornets. Nic Batum had 19 points and seven assists.
The victory means the Charlotte Hornets own the best Eastern Conference record since the All-Star break. Only Golden State and San Antonio have been better than Charlotte. The Hornets, 9-1 in their last ten games, move into a dead heat with the Heat — and the Celtics. All three teams are 39-29. Dwyane Wade missed a three at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.