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Charlotte Hornets earn second preseason win, beat Miami Heat 90-77

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Brian Roberts led the way off the bench as the Hornets again rained from the outside.

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The Charlotte Hornets' revamped outside attack led them to another preseason win as they defeated the Miami Heat 90-77.

Charlotte hit 12 3-pointers for the second consecutive night and are now 24-of-60 (40%) from behind the arc through two preseason games. Kemba Walker, Frank Kaminsky and Brian Roberts each hit three treys a piece. Roberts had a game-high 21 points while summer signee Tyler Hansbrough pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.

In a pre-determined move, head coach Steve Clifford sat starters Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum as well as veteran Spencer Hawes. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was also out with a separated shoulder so the Hornets starting five featured Jeremy Lamb, P.J. Hairston and Cody Zeller.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kemba Walker helped Charlotte get out to an early lead and the fifth-year guard had eight of their first 10 points. The Hornets attempted 31 treys the night before in Orlando and immediately followed it up with 10 attempts from deep in the first quarter. Not much fell as Charlotte shot 38.9 percent after the first period but Charlotte maintained their early lead. The Hornets were 10-of-14 from the free throw line and produced eight points off five steals.

Rookie Frank Kaminsky dropped his first three to open the second quarter. He didn't enter the game until the fourth quarter the night before, logging seven points and four rebounds in limited minutes. With the vets out tonight, the rookie played just under 28 minutes.

Hansbrough revealed his trash man mentality in his first appearance of the preseason, grabbing three offensive rebounds in the first eight minutes. Zeller hit a corner three in the second period, showing evidence of his two-year endeavor to increase his range. He'd hit a second 3-pointer later in the game.

Despite holding a nine-point lead for much of the second quarter, the Hornets went 1-of-6 down the stretch while Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade closed Charlotte's lead to just three as halftime hit.

Marvin Williams did not play the second half and Hansbrough took his part in the starting lineup out of the locker room. Hansbrough continued to do the little things in his extended minutes, pulling down boards and taking up space even when he couldn't. His physicality and effort was on full display in the Hornets' second preseason game.

Walker would hit his third three pointer on his way to seven third-quarter points. With a little under two minutes left in the third period, Walker would head to the bench for good. Brian Roberts took the reins down the stretch as Charlotte took a 69-63 lead into the fourth quarter.

Miami's veterans, in their first preseason game, made an effort to take the lead but each time Roberts answered the call with a floater, a trey or a trip to the line. Roberts and Kaminsky would cap the night with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Charlotte up 90-77 in the final moments.

Jeremy Lin was in double digits for the second consecutive game, contributing 10 points tonight. Hairston and Jeremy Lamb struggled offensively tonight, combining to shoot 3-of-18 from the field. Kaminsky grabbed 11 rebounds to go with nine points.

The Hornets 3-PT percentage tonight (41.4%) was higher than their overall percentage (35.1%). Charlotte leaves for China on Wednesday and they'll play the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 11 - hoping to drop treys all over China.