MIAMI (AP) - By recent Miami Heat standards, Monday night's win counts as close.
The Heat trailed early and waited until the end of the third quarter to make their move, winning by double figures for the ninth game in a row by beating New Orleans 96-84.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, topping 30 for the third consecutive game, and Chris Bosh added 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Heat blew the game open with an 18-2 spurt that put them up 94-77.
LeBron James had 20 points and seven assists for Miami, back home after a four-game road sweep. Wade had an especially efficient night: 8-for-13 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free-throw line.
While the Heat roll, New Orleans continues to struggle. With a loss for the second day in a row, the Hornets fell to 3-9 since an 11-1 start. They haven't scored 100 points since Nov. 19, a stretch of 13 games.
David West had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who went 1 for 13 from three-point range.
The teams split the season series. New Orleans beat Miami 96-93 on Nov. 5.
Miami is now the sixth team in NBA history to win nine straight games by at least 10 points or more. James has had a hand in two of those runs - Cleveland was the last team to do it, between Nov. 22 and Dec. 9, 2008.
The 2007-08 Boston Celtics also won nine straight by double figures. The Heat have won nine in a row since Nov. 29, when they shook a slump in which they had lost four of five.
Wade, miffed about taking a hard foul from Jarrett Jack, scored 20 points in the second quarter, a Heat record for the period. That included his team's final 11 points to cut New Orleans' halftime lead to 54-53.