5 quick notes about Charlotte's 109-97 home loss to the Heat Friday night, which I attended along with an announced sellout crowd of 19,592 (here's my column on it):
1) Dwyane Wade's triple-double was the first one he had in five years (since Jan.13, 2006, to be exact). He and LeBron James have never had dual triple-doubles in their time together in Miami, but came close (LeBron had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists).
LeBron, who piles up triple-doubles routinely, thinks they are a great stat. Wade, who never gets them "because he shoots too much," as LeBron joshed, thinks they are very overrated.
2) Charlotte really played pretty darn well for 3 quarters. Gerald Wallace's play was particularly heartening -- he has disappeared far too often over the past month.
3) The "Poetry Corner" bit on the big monitors with Derrick Brown is hilarious. With a fake pipe and smoking jacket, Brown seriously reads the lyrics to a rap song and then lets fans try to guess which one it is. May not sound that funny, but Brown really pulls it off.
4) The Bobcats were really trying to move some tickets for tonight's Dallas game and Monday night's Boston game. They must have run a "two tickets for $30" promo at least 5 times on the scoreboard.
5) Gerald Henderson is really getting better (he was 6-for-10 and scored 14 Friday and played some good defense). But you don't want him shooting three-pointers.
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