Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a double-overtime thriller against the Atlanta Hawks, where they ended up losing. Tonight, they will try to avoid a second consecutive as they battle the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat, on the other hand, will try to grab a second straight victory.
Tonight’s meeting will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other during this season. The last time they saw each other was on November 25 when the Heat defeated the Hornets, 117-100. Bam Adebayo finished that game with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block while Terry Rozier had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets have battled each other a grand total of 123 times in the past as the Hornets won 49 games while the Heat went on to grab 74 victories.
-Dwayne Bacon (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Nicolas Batum (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 34.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.2 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Terry Rozier (illness; 18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42.3 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Ray Spalding (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
-Malik Monk (suspension; 10.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (toe; 20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.4 FG%, 24.8 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Hornets shot forty-five percent from the field while the Heat ended up completing fifty-four percent of their shots. P.J. Washington scored 14 points which included two three-pointers. Devonte Graham helped out with 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc. Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller combined for 15 points while Cody Martin had six. Caleb Marin played 16 minutes off the bench but only had nine points.
On the other end of the floor, Derrick Jones got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. He also had one steal and 2 blocks while Kendrick Nunn earned 13 points. Bam Adebayo helped out with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Duncan Robinson drilled two three-pointers. Jae Crowder played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Hornets went into halftime with a 59-51 lead.
The Charlotte Hornets would close things out in the second half as they went on a 50-47 run. During that run, Graham chalked up 18 points, which held four three-pointers. He also had four assists while Bridges had eight points. Zeller gave seven points while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out one assist, and blocking one shot. Caleb Martin played the most minutes off the bench as he had 10 points.
As for the South Beach team, Nunn and Adebayo combined for 21 points while Jones had eight points. Solomon Hill was kept scoreless while Duncan Robinson had six points. Crowder played 15 minutes off the bench but had just eight points as the Hornets came away with a 109-98 win. Devonte Graham finished the game with 30 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.