The NBA preseason games continued as the Charlotte Hornets [VIDEO] played against the Miami Heat [VIDEO]. NBA.com has reported that the Heat defeated the Hornets by the score of 106-109. Top scorers of the recent games are Josh Richardson for the Heat and Dwight Howard for the Hornets. Although Howard played a decent game against the Heat, it was not enough for his team to win the game.

Josh Richardson scored 18 points

Josh Richardson recorded 18 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in 30 minutes during Monday's 109-106 win over the Hornets.

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Together with Goran Dragic, Richardson made his second straight start on Monday.

In his last two preseason games, Richardson garnered averages of 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 29.5 minutes.

With his impressive performance during the preseason, there is a high chance for the 24-year old player to have a substantial role once again for the Heat this upcoming season.

Dwight Howard scored 16 points

On preseason match against the Heat, Dwight Howard played an impressive game, collecting 16 points, while adding six rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes in Monday's preseason loss to the Heat. The 31-year old veteran big man continues to enjoy a solid game this preseason as he prepares to suit up for his fifth team in the last seven seasons.

Dwight David Howard now enters his 14th season in the NBA league. In the past 14 seasons, the veteran player has already played a total of 954 games. Since his debut, Howard garnered averages of 17.5 points, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals, 1.5 assists, and 12.7 rebounds per game.

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Dion Waiters dropped eight dimes in Monday’s preseason

According to NBA.com, Dion Waiters was off to a slow start this preseason. Waiters ended the game with 14 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in 26 minutes during Monday's 109-106 win against the Hornets. Dion Waiters now plays his sixth season in the NBA league. Since he started playing, he averaged 13.2 points, .3 blocks, 1.0 steals, 2.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.

On July 2016, Waiters signed with the Miami Heat a one-year deal with a player option for an extra year. He made his debut for the Heat in their season opener on October 26 against the Orlando Magic. Four days later, Waiters was reported to be ruled out for two weeks after his MRI revealed that he had suffered a pectineus tear. After missing 20 games last season, he returned to action earlier this year and played against the Sacramento Kings.