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Hornets Vs. Heat: Dwyane Wade Pours In 18 Points As Miami Lead New Orleans 51-49 At Half

Playing for the third time in four days, the Miami Heat lead the New Orleans Hornets 51-49 after one half at American Airlines Arena. In his third game back after sitting out two weeks with an ankle injury, Dwyane Wade leads Miami with 18 points, going a perfect six for six from the free-throw line. Wade had 18 in the first half of Friday's game against the Knicks, as he continues to explode back onto the scene.

LeBron James has only eight points through the first 24 minutes but has grabbed eight rebounds while letting Wade dominate on the offensive end. Despite the 51 points by Miami, the Hornets are right there down only two, paced by a blistering 55 percent shooting mark from the floor.

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