Miami Heat Run It Up Over Hornets In Record-Breaking Affair, 144-115

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat shoots over Mason Plumlee #24 of the Charlotte Hornets(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat shoots over Mason Plumlee #24 of the Charlotte Hornets(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat would look to begin to close out their NBA regular season on Tuesday night with a home game against the high octane high output Charlotte Hornets.

Knowing that they could come in and score a boatload of points on anyone, even one of the best defenses in the league, they could also allow a ton of opposing points, as their ranking in the category indicates.

The game would start out all wrong, with the Hornets getting out to a 9-0 run before the Miami Heat would respond. Though Charlotte’s pace would continue to keep the pressure on the Heat, Miami would close even and go on to take a double-digit lead into the second half, 70-60.

Though that same pace and transition offense would allow the Hornets to immediately close the gap to two on another run as the second half started, the Miami Heat would, once again, recalibrate to have another runaway half.

After a double-digit run of their own in the fourth period, 13-0 or so, the Miami Heat wouldn’t ever look back. Their 144 points scored in this one just so happens to be the second most points scored ever in a game across franchise history.

The Miami Heat knew their defense would be tested with the explosive Hornets coming in. The thing about it though is that Charlotte had to guard them too.

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Speaking of records though, the Miami Heat would actually set a new personal best on Tuesday night in one category. They would make a new franchise record, 23, three-pointers in Tuesday’s game.

As a huge part of their team three-point prowess on the night, they would get huge individual showings from several of their guys. A couple of the usual suspects would show up, as Tyler Herro went 6-10 from range and Caleb Martin would go 3-3, hitting the one to actually break the record and not strange, as he’s improved as a shooter all season long.

Another guy that is typically one of them, Duncan Robinson, came back with a bang on Tuesday. He would make 7-11 from deep, having his best game in quite a few now.

The new shooter on the block showed up again too. Jimmy Butler would sink 2-4 shots from range, more than enough for a guy that’s a freight train in the paint and a mid-ranged maestro.

Killing teams from range isn’t the point for him, making enough to keep them off-balanced is all that matters. It was a good night for the Miami Heat, as they set records, played well while undermanned, and continued to look like one of the best teams in the league as they get set to wrap things up.

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They’ll need this same type of energy, hopefully, better on defense though, as Friday approaches. They will welcome in Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks then.