The Miami Heat lost for a second straight day when the Charlotte Hornets held on for a 96-89 win on Wednesday.
Trailing by 16 late in the fourth quarter, Miami mounted a furious comeback to cut the deficit to only three with around two minutes to go. The Hornets would do enough to maintain their slim lead however. After starting the year undefeated, Miami is now 3-2 with a pair of days off coming up.
The Heat shot an abysmal 4-22 on three-point attempts and were out-rebounded 49-36. Only six of those rebounds were of the offensive variety and the lack of second chance opportunities proved costly for Miami.
Dwyane Wade was a big reason for the comeback attempt with his 12-point fourth quarter. Wade had 23 total in the game along with seven assists and four rebounds. The star played 33 minutes and played well in the second half of a back-to-back. This marks the second time this year that Wade played in both games of a back-to-back after sitting out the majority of such games last season.
Chris Bosh kept his productive season going with another solid effort. The big man had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bosh has scored at least 21 points in all five games this year and has had double digit rebounds in three of the contests.
A night after being held scoreless, Norris Cole was quiet again with only two points. Cole was 1-6 from the field and had one assist in 22 minutes. Mario Chalmers did not fare much better however as he was 2-8 himself for six points.
The Heat will return home on Saturday for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m.