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Miami plays Charlotte, looks for 5th straight road win

February 16, 2022 GMT

Miami Heat (37-21, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (29-30, ninth in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Miami will try to keep its four-game road win streak intact when the Heat play Charlotte.

The Hornets have gone 5-6 against division opponents. Charlotte ranks ninth in the league shooting 35.8% from deep, led by Kai Jones shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.

The Heat are 10-2 against opponents in the Southeast Division. Miami has a 3-5 record in games decided by less than 4 points.

The teams square off for the third time this season. The Heat won the last meeting 104-86 on Feb. 6. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points to help lead the Heat to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: LaMelo Ball is averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.6 steals for the Hornets. Terry Rozier is averaging 21.4 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

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Tyler Herro is averaging 20 points and 3.9 assists for the Heat. Butler is averaging 23.7 points over the last 10 games for Miami.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 2-8, averaging 109.0 points, 48.9 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 8.4 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 42.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points per game.

Heat: 6-4, averaging 110.2 points, 45.9 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 8.7 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.6 points.

INJURIES: Hornets: Jalen McDaniels: out (ankle), Cody Martin: out (ankle/achilles), Gordon Hayward: out (ankle).

Heat: Victor Oladipo: out (right knee), Markieff Morris: out (reconditioning), Dewayne Dedmon: out (back), Tyler Herro: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.