The Miami Heat Utterly Dominate Charlotte Hornets Late, 104-86

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) scores against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at the Spectrum Center.(Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) scores against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at the Spectrum Center.(Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports) /

Outscoring the ninth-seeded Charlotte Hornets, 58 to 35, in the second half of Saturday night’s game, the Miami Heat would dominate late in the contest. Riding on the back of that run all the way to victory, it wouldn’t always look that way for this Heat team.

Though the game started out with the Miami Heat certainly being the more assertive side, you couldn’t tell it by the end of the second quarter, as the Heat couldn’t convert on many of their attempts early. They would only score 15 points in the second, while the Hornets would score 28 of their own.

To that point, the Charlotte Hornets would take a five-point lead into the second half and that is when the Miami Heat activated things though, to the highest of levels. Flat out, the Miami Heat would utterly dominate the Charlotte Hornets in the third and fourth periods.

It was a complete bloodbath in the third period. In the third, the Miami Heat would all but finish the game, going on a massive run.

The Miami Heat needed another quality win to right the ship after a ‘get-right’ win over San Antonio. Saturday’s Charlotte domination certainly counts.

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They would end the third period leading by 23, only allowing the Hornets to score eight in the period, and to a tune of 81-58.

Later in the game to close, it was all on the Boy Wonder’s shoulders, Tyler Herro. He would go on to score the majority of his points then, sinking a couple of huge threes, before even getting shifty on the defense for a beautiful far side baseline midrange jump shot.

This was another great win for the Miami Heat, holding the Charlotte Hornets to their lowest scoring total of the season. Depending on how Chicago’s game goes Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat may end up being the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

That would send their head coach, Erik Spoelstra, to Cleveland as the head coach for the East, though he and the Heat’s lone All-Star in Jimmy Butler, may actually not even want to go. That’s neither here nor there though.

There are two things that are, in fact, here and there though. The first is the fact that they got a great win on Saturday and the second is a thought put into the air by the Miami Heat’s Couper Moorhead.

Indeed sir, indeed. This one should help them to continue to get back on track after a three-game losing streak they were able to end in San Antonio.

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The Miami Heat have Sunday off before heading to the nation’s capital for a duel with the Wizards on Monday.