MIAMI (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 24 points to lead six Charlotte players in double figures and the Hornets erased a 19-point deficit in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 97-91 on Friday night.
Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points for the Hornets, who lost a first-round series in seven games to Miami last season - albeit a very different looking Miami. Nic Batum and Marco Belinelli each scored 12 points for Charlotte.
Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Goran Dragic scored 14 points and Dion Waiters added 13 for the Heat, who lost a home opener for the first time in nine years.
The Heat shot 47 percent in the first half, 28 percent in the second half.