The Miami Heat finally got back on the right track with a 106-90 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Miami had suffered back-to-back losses to the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks over the past week, with one of the issues being defense. The two opponents combined for 217 points in these games.
New Orleans helped the Heat solve some of those problems by shooting only 44.9 percent from the floor and totaling only 90 points.
Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez each provided scoring in the frontcourt with over 20 points each, but the rest of the roster provided little help.
The Hornets have now lost four in the last five games and fall to 5-14 on the year.
Meanwhile, Miami is now 13-5 and own the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
After a couple of poor shooting games, Wade was as efficient as ever with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 from the floor.
In the two losses to the Wizards and Knicks, Wade hit only 12 of his 32 shots. There were other issues that led to the defeats, but the guard did not help.
The Heat should feel more encouraged that one of their key players is back to his natural form.
Up Next for Miami Heat
The Heat have an off day on Sunday before continuing their six-game home stand.
They host the Atlanta Hawks before having games against the Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Up Next for New Orleans Hornets
After games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Miami Heat, things finally get easier in the next game. The Hornets have a home game against the two-win Wizards on Tuesday, Dec. 11.