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Miami held New Orleans to 13 points in the second quarter. Problem was, the Heat scored 11, their worst of any quarter this season, and managed only 30 points at the break. Wade was 3-for-11 and the rest of the Heat weren't much better, going a combined 9-for-24.
The grind-it-out, playoff-type, half-court style carried over into the third quarter.
New Orleans stretched its lead to 47-34 on Hilton Armstrong's dunk with 9:23 left, then proceeded to shoot 3-for-14 over the remainder of the third, giving Miami a window of opportunity.
Wade's 3-pointer with 1:55 remaining got the Heat within 54-48 -- the final points of the third quarter. And Miami eventually tied it at 56 when Beasley grabbed an offensive rebound and found Jamaal Magloire for a score in the lane with 9:09 remaining in the fourth.
Notes: Wade has a steal in 21 straight games, a career-best and the third-longest run in Heat history, behind Sherman Douglas (27) and Caron Butler (22). ... New Orleans' final five games are against Dallas (2), Phoenix, Houston and San Antonio -- giving the Hornets the hardest down-the-stretch run of any playoff-bound team. ... Stojakovic started for the first time since March 2. He missed 15 games with back soreness before playing as a reserve in New Orleans' previous two contests. ... Miami was whistled for the game's first six fouls, and during an early stoppage, a fan yelled at referee Jason Phillips to point out the disparity. "Not our fault," Phillips shouted back.
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