The Miami Heat got the guard they wanted, and made LeBron James thrilled in the process. The Heat acquired the draft rights to Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.
Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 2½ minutes, to help No. 9 Miami pull away late and beat North Carolina 87-77 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship Sunday.
North Carolina opened the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by reclaiming the form that carried the Tar Heels through February. The only question is whether they’ll have to continue their title chase without the guy who sparked their late-season surge.
North Carolina veteran players came to Tallahassee on a mission Saturday.