THE Charlotte Hornets survived a scare against the Miami Heat’s reserves to come out on top, 96-88, for their third straight win in the NBA preseason on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Hornets’ stars, led by Kemba Walker and Nic Batum, all played at least 30 minutes in facing a Heat squad that only had one regular starter in Hassan Whiteside suiting up and took the court for just 15 minutes.
Still, Charlotte wasted its hot start to find itself leading by just two points heading into the fourth period, 74-72. But the Hornets bench unleashed a 7-0 run to start the quarter, before Walker and Frank Kaminsky took over late to seal the win.
Walker led Charlotte’s balanced attack, with all but one of the Hornets who suited up scored at least eight points, with 17 markers while Kaminsky and Batum added 16 and 14, respectively.
Undrafted guard Rodney McGruber had 19 to lead Miami. Whiteside finished with just four points and six boards.