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Charlotte Blows Away Cavaliers


Brad Miller can't remember the last time he made 14 straight shots from the floor.

Now, he'll be able to see the last time in the Charlotte Hornets' record book.

The rookie reserve center scored 24 points Sunday night to lead the Hornets to a 105-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the process, Miller set a franchise record for consecutive field goals accomplished over a three-game span when he made his first five shots in the second quarter.

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  • "Miller was sensational," said Hornets coach Paul Silas. "He's a hustler, he runs the court and he makes his free throws. He's put on 10 pounds really hitting the weights."

    Miller scored 15 points in the second quarter but Cleveland still managed a nine-point halftime lead.

    Still, Miller said the second quarter was the key to the game.

    "We showed some emotion in the second quarter," Miller said. "That's what we were looking for, to come in and provide some energy. Then the starters came in in the third quarter well-rested."

    The Hornets outscored the Cavaliers 32-10 in the third quarter to take command. Charlotte opened the second half with a 14-0 run and finished the third quarter with a 12-1 spurt.

    "The game turned around in the second half, and the Hornets dominated," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello. "The Hornets passed the ball and executed well and started hitting their threes, so the game turned and went in the other direction."

    Eddie Jones scored 15 points for Charlotte and Chuck Person added 14.

    The Hornets won for the sixth time in their last seven games and won their eighth straight home game.

    "Charlotte has guys who can play," said Cleveland's Danny Ferry. "Miller's a hard worker. We got screwed up on our rotations and with our traps, and he got wide open."

    Wesley Person le the Cavs with 20 points. Shawn Kemp added 14 and Ferry had 12.

    Charlotte trailed 38-24 after Bob Sura hit a driving layup with 9:31 left in the first half. But Miller sparked an 11-2 Hornets' run with two baskets and five free throws.

    The Hornets narrowed Cleveland's lead to 44-42 on a free throw by Corey Beck with 3:03 left in the half. But Kemp scored four points in a 9-2 run that closed out the second period and left the Cavs ahead 53-44 at the break. Notes: Hornets swing man Bobby Phills, who is averaging 13 points per game, missed Sunday's game with a groin injury. ... Cleveland point guard Brevin Knight did not play because of a left knee bruise. ... Miller hit his first five shots from the field to extend his streak of made field goals to a franchise-record 14 over three games.

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