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[CHARLOTTE] — The Charlotte Hornets played host to the Miami Heat last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 99-112 defeat. The loss bumps Charlotte's record down to 36-43 on the season, while the victory gives Miami a 38-40 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Hornets would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

On this night it was Hassan Whiteside leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 13 points, 20 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steals in 31 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Most importantly, the Heat managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Whiteside keeps producing at this rate and Miami keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Charlotte didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Nicolas Batum did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, James Johnson made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Hornets can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Charlotte wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Boston Celtics. The Heat, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Toronto Raptors.

Hornets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
N. Batum24371136
M. Williams151201036
K. Walker18250034
M. Kidd-Gilchrist8512128
C. Zeller8431030
J. Lamb6511023
F. Kaminsky13110022
B. Roberts7201014
M. Belinelli011008
M. Plumlee010008

Heat Stats

Roster P R A B S M
H. Whiteside132003131
G. Dragic33140233
J. Johnson26430232
J. Richardson19651036
T. Johnson12230029
R. McGruder3231033
W. Reed0302015
W. Ellington3130013
O. White3120017
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