Michael Beasley had 11 points and 11 rebounds and the Miami Heat got their first preseason victory, 97-81 over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night at the Sprint Center.
Daequan Cook added 15 points and Miami (1-4) never let up after using a 17-4 run in the first and second quarters to go up 40-23. Dwyane Wade had 14 points and six assists for the Heat after missing two games with strained rib muscles.
Bobby Brown had 18 points for the Hornets (1-4), who shot 36 percent from the field following a 121-86 loss to Orlando on Tuesday. Julian Wright added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Beasley, who played at Kansas State, and former Kansas players Wright and Mario Chalmers of the Heat. The game drew a crowd of 17,116 fans to the second NBA game played at the 2-year-old building.
Chalmers hit the 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation that sent the Jayhawks into overtime against Memphis on the way to the 20008 NCAA championship. Wright left Kansas after his sophomore season.
Beasley broke nearly every Kansas State record as a freshman before bolting for the NBA.
All three are going to be counted on more by their current teams.
Beasley, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2008, is trying to make the conversion from power to small forward and put behind him a monthlong stint at a drug rehabilitation center in the offseason.
The 20-year-old came into the preseason in better shape than a year ago and seems to have a better grasp on the NBA game. He shot 5 of 11 and had three assists _ along with a few defensive mistakes in the post _ after scoring 24 points in 38 minutes against Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Chalmers started every game at point guard last season after playing as a shooting guard at Kansas. The Heat want him to take on a more assertive role in the offense and get better with his one-on-one defense, bringing in veteran point guard Carlos Arroyo to push him.
Chalmers finished with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, including a backdoor bounce pass to Wade for a reverse dunk in the second quarter.
Wright gets his first chance to start after playing spotty minutes at three positions and averaging no more than 4.4 points in two seasons.
With six new players and 12-year veteran Peja Stojakovic coming off the bench, the Hornets moved Wright into the starting lineup, hoping to expedite his development by playing alongside All-Stars David West and Chris Paul.
Wright, who averaged 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds over the first four games, was 3 of 5 from the field, made all six of his free throws and had four assists.
NOTES: Nearly half the front row of seats was filled with Kansas City Chiefs, including WR Dwayne Bowe, RB Larry Johnson and DT Glenn Dorsey. ... Hornets C Emeka Okafor missed his fifth straight game with a toe injury.