Charlotte at Miami

Lineup changes help Heat snap four-game skid against Bobcats

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat upgraded their bench Tuesday, and the result was an easy night for the starters.

Pulled from the starting lineup for the first time this season, Ricky Davis and Jason Williams responded with strong games as reserves to help the struggling Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 110-90.

Davis equaled a season high with 23 points, while Williams totaled 11 points and eight assists with no turnovers. Rookie reserve Daequan Cook added a season-high 19 points while missing only two shots.

With the bench sparking the blowout, Dwyane Wade played only 26 minutes, and Shaquille O'Neal played 22.

"I can't remember the last victory we had like this," Wade said. "It feels good."

Miami, still last in the Southeast Division, improved to 2-5 at home. The Heat snapped a four-game losing streak against Charlotte, including two defeats this season.

Miami coach Pat Riley replaced Davis and Williams in the lineup with Chris Quinn and Penny Hardaway. Quinn made his second career start and first this season.

"We were front-loaded and not playing well," Riley said. "This balances the energy. I'm looking for balance across the board - energy, talent and skills."

In addition, Heat reserve guard Smush Parker was inactive and not at the arena. He missed shootaround Tuesday morning and was involved in a legal incident that the team is investigating, but he was not arrested, the Heat said.

They declined to give further details.

The lineup changes produced the Heat's best offensive effort yet. They shot a season-high 58 percent, and their point total and margin of victory were also season highs.

"We played with a lot more energy," O'Neal said. "J-Will and Ricky got more touches and shots."

Miami's reserves shot 22-for-33 (.667). Davis was 9-for-14 and Williams 4-for-6.

"It's a good look for me coming off the bench creating energy," Davis said. "I've always said it doesn't matter if you start -- it's if you're out there at the end."

The Bobcats lost their fourth game in a row.

"They came out hitting shots," Charlotte guard Raymond Felton said. "We came out and we weren't executing, but they could have won the game even if we were executing. They basically blew us out."

Wade took only 11 shots and scored 13 points. O'Neal had 15 points, including slam dunks on alley-oop passes from Williams and Wade.

"We're starting to get into a groove," O'Neal said.

Gerald Wallace, who returned to the Bobcats' lineup after missing one game with a strained calf, led them with 16 points. But the game began to slip away from Charlotte early.

The Heat scored 10 consecutive points to go ahead 16-8, and Davis sank his first two shots off the bench for a 30-18 lead.

By halftime Davis had 15 points, and the Heat led 55-43.

"They took him out of the starting lineup, and that turned out to be a great move," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said. "He gave them an incredible punch off the bench. He came into a role where he could just shoot the ball and be aggressive and just have no conscience, and it worked really well for him."

Williams made consecutive shots and then Davis made two in a row to put Miami ahead by 18 for the first time. That came during an 15-0 spurt that gave the Heat a 90-62 lead early in the fourth period.

Notes

  • Heat swingman Dorell Wright sprained his wrist in practice Monday and was inactive.
  • The Bobcats fell to 1-6 when trailing after one quarter.
  • The Heat reached 100 points for only the second time this season.
  • Miami's Joel Anthony made his NBA debut but didn't try a shot in five minutes.
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A large Heat lead allows reserve Alexander Johnson to make a splash.  (Getty Images)
A large Heat lead allows reserve Alexander Johnson to make a splash. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Charlotte (6-8) 1528192890
Miami (4-10) «23323124110
CHA:G. Wallace 16 Pts
CHA:E. Okafor 6 Reb
CHA:R. Felton 7 Ast
MIA:R. Davis 23 Pts
MIA:S. O'Neal 6 Reb
MIA:J. Williams 8 Ast
Players of the Game
MiamiCharlotte

R. Davis

R. Felton
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
23421467
Charlotte
J. Richardson, SG334-101-223310
G. Wallace, SF326-163-451416
R. Felton, PG304-115-567214
E. Okafor, C283-61-26137
P. Brezec, C223-40-03136
J. Dudley, PF243-40-04216
J. McInnis, PG212-60-00314
M. Carroll, SG205-74-610115
J. Davidson, PF142-44-53138
W. Herrmann, SF81-30-00002
D. Anderson, SG51-30-01102
O. Harrington, PF30-00-00020
S. May, PFDid Not Play
R. Hollins, CDid Not Play
A. Morrison, SFDid Not Play
Totals 34-7418-2431202390
 45.9%75.0% 
Miami
U. Haslem, PF306-112-253314
D. Wade, SG264-114-534013
S. O'Neal, C227-91-260115
P. Hardaway, SG211-30-03232
C. Quinn, PG200-20-01320
R. Davis, SG299-141-142123
J. Williams, PG284-63-428111
D. Cook, SG225-79-900219
A. Mourning, C212-24-65048
A. Johnson, SF172-41-21015
J. Anthony, C50-00-01010
M. Blount, CDid Not Play
S. Parker, PGDid Not Play
D. Wright, SFDid Not Play
E. Barron, CDid Not Play
Totals 40-6925-31312219110
 58.0%80.6% 
Other Games
Bos 104 Final
Cle 109
Mem 110 Final
NJ 103
Phi 114 Final
Mil 99
Atl 78 Final
Chi 90
Ind 112 Final
Den 110
Sea 99 Final
LAL 106