Miami Heat confirms the change in dynamics with a victory against Charlotte Hornets (86-104). A huge disconnection of the locals in the third quarter, in which they lost by 27 points, made things easier for the visitors. Jimmy Butler was the most outstanding player of the match.
After an even first half, in which the Hornets even came with a five-point lead at halftime, everything fell apart after passing through the locker room. The break did not sit well with James Borrego’s team and quite the opposite for the Heat. A 35-8 run in the third quarter sentenced the match without the possibility of a local response.
In the fateful period for the interests of the Hornets, two things came together: the success in attack of the Heat and their good work on defense. Charlotte finished the quarter going 0-for-10 on 3-pointers and 4-for-18 on shooting from the field. Meanwhile, the Heat were shooting above 50% on both stats.
Jimmy Butler was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. He was joined by Bam Adebayo, who posted his 15th double-double of the season. Tyler Herro also had a good performance, with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. In the Hornets, only Rozier, with 16 points and good percentages, played at his level.
In defense of Lowry
After the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wanted to break a spear in favor of one of his team’s stars, Kyle Lowry. “It’s the magnifying effect he has on the other players. That’s part of the greatness of him. He can control the game, the rhythm, make his own plays and feel the course of the game », affirmed the coach.
After missing nine games due to a family matter, the point guard is still trying to find his offensive rhythm. Against the Hornets, he finished with 9 points and 6 assists, practically all of his contribution in the second half. Spoelstra defended his base beyond the numbers: “I never look at the stat line with him,” he concluded.
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