With a formidable third quarter, the best so far in the regular season, the Heat surpassed 104-86 to the hornets at Spectrum Center.
After an even first half, in which the visitors dominated the initial period (23-31) and the locals did the same in the following period (28-15), Erik Spoelstra’s team dominated the third quarter absolutely (8 -35) to take a 22-point lead and virtually wrap up the game with 12 minutes remaining.
In that span, Charlotte missed all 10 of her 3-point attempts and made just 22% of her field goal attempts, in addition to committing eight turnovers. For its part, the cast of Florida registered nine of its eleven conversions behind the crescent in the complement, although the key was in the suffocating defense that did not give the rival chances.
Jimmy Butler was the figure of the night: 27 points (10/13 from the field), 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes of action. Bam Adebayo seconded it with a double-double (20-12), while Tyler Herro contributed 19 units coming off the bench.
Terry Rose he was the top scorer for the losing team with 16 points. Miles Bridges followed with 15, apart from five recoveries and five assists, while LaMelo Ball he totaled 12, 6 rebounds and 3 qualifications.
With this result, the Heat (34-20) is consolidated in second place in the Eastern Conference. Different is the present of the Hornets, who suffered their fourth loss in a row and dropped to ninth place.
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