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Hornets withstand Heat rally, win 113-112

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The Hornets picked up their second road win in as many nights, holding on to beat the Heat.

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Kemba Walker scored 39 points, Malik Monk scored 15, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 7 points and 7 blocks, and the Hornets withstood a Heat rally to win 113-112.

The Hornets started the game much like their first two- slowly. The Heat jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first minute of the game. The Hornets clawed back and took their first lead of the contest 22-21 about seven minutes into the game. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter, but the Heat couldn't match the Hornets. After one, the Hornets held a 34-29 lead.

After a few more traded baskets, the Hornets took off. A pair of Jeremy Lamb free throws gave the Hornets a double digit lead, and the margin only grew from there. Back to back 3-pointers by Marvin Williams and Kemba Walker, the latter of which came at the halftime horn, set the margin at 72-52 at intermission. Kemba Walker led the scoring with 24 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dominated the defensive end, posting a career high five blocks.

The Hornets carried that momentum into the second half, eventually building their lead all the way out to 26 points. The Heat countered with a 26-10 run to close the period.

The Heat continued fighting back and got the margin all the way down to one, 98-97 halfway through the fourth quarter. A couple Malik Monk jumpers gave the Hornets a six point cushion, but the Heat quickly eviscerated it. The Hornets held a 111-110 lead with 45 seconds left. MKG was drew a foul with 26 seconds to play and a chance to give the Hornets a one point lead, however he only converted one of the two free throws. Dwyane Wade went for the win from behind the arc, but the shot missed. The savvy vet was able to grab his own rebound and finish to tie the game at 112, prompting a Hornets timeout. James Borrego put the ball in the captain's hands, and Kemba came through, drawing a foul with half a second to play. He hit the first free throw and intentionally missed the second to run the clock out and give the Hornets 113-112 victory.

This marks the Hornets second road win in as many days. They'll look to continue to the run in Toronto on Monday night.