Heat Bounce Back to Sting Hornets

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After suffering a blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, the Miami Heat were back home in the American Airlines Arena as they hosted the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat looked to keep their undefeated record at home in tact, but they would have to do so without Udonis Haslem and James Johnson, who were under the weather, adding to Miami’s injury list.

Charlotte got to an early start in the contest with Cody Zeller making a slam dunk, a three-pointer from  Miles Bridges, and a basket from Terry Rozier, before Miami got themselves going with a turnaround jumper from Jimmy Butler, a three-pointer from Kendrick Nunn, and a basket from Bam Adebayo. After another dunk from Zeller, followed by a Devonte’ Graham basket for Charlotte, the Heat would take a 17 to 14 lead with another three-pointer from Nunn and a basket from Butler. The Hornets looked to take back the lead with baskets from rookie PJ Washington and Rozier, but the Heat kept Charlotte at bay with a basket from Butler and a three-pointer from Duncan Robinson. After a dunk from Bismack Biyombo for Charlotte, Butler knocked down two free throws, followed by a three-pointer from rookie Tyler Herro to give Miami a 27 to 20 lead. The Hornets ended the first quarter on an eleven to nine run, with the Heat leading 36 to 31.

In the second quarter, Goran Dragic came off the bench for Miami, making a layup, followed by a three-pointer from Herro, while Charlotte answered with a three-pointer from Marvin Williams and a dunk from Biyombo. After a three-point play from Malik Monk, Kelly Olynyk made a pair of three-pointers for the Heat, giving them a 47 to 41 lead. Miami went on a twelve to three run, before a dunk from Zeller ended the run. After a three-pointer from Olynyk and a layup from Chris Silva, Charlotte came back with another basket from Zeller and a three-point play from Graham as Miami led 64 to 51. The Hornets closed the second quarter on a twelve to three run with Miami leading 69 to 58.

In the third quarter, Nunn knocked down a three-pointer, followed by Meyers Leonard getting himself on the board for Miami with a slam dunk, while Washington made a layup for Charlotte, followed by Graham for three free throws, but only made two. After two free throws from Butler and a dunk from Adebayo, Miami led 80 to 64. The Heat continued to make strides on the offense, while keeping the Hornets at bay. By the end of the third quarter, the Heat led 98 to 82.

As the fourth quarter commenced, Biyombo made a free throw for Charlotte, while Miami responded with a bucket from Herro and a dunk from Adebayo. After an uncontested dunk from Rozier, Miami led 102 to 85. Adebayo and Herro continued to pick up the offensive production for Miami, swelling their score to 115 to Charlotte’s 92. The Hornets closed the game on a eight to two run, but it would be the Heat who would win the game 117 to 100.

After a rough loss in Philadelphia, the Heat bounced right back with a convincing win against the Hornets. Miami out-rebounded the Charlotte 49 to 35, a better number than what they had produced from their last game. Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn came back with something to prove with their offensive production, as did Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk, both of whom continue to improve on both ends of the floor.

For the Hornets, Terry Rozier had 19 points, Devonte’ Graham made 16 points, Malik Monk had 13 points, Bismack Biyombo with 11 points, and Cody Zeller with 10 points.

For the Heat, Jimmy Butler led the way with 21 points, Kendrick Nunn made 19 points, Tyler Herro had 18 points, plus Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk were in double-double figures. Adebayo had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Olynyk made 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Miami Heat head out on the road once again as they visit the Toyota Center to face the Houston Rockets. Game starts Wednesday at 8pm and will be televised locally on Sun Sports.


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