The game was tied at 53. Then everything changed for the Miami Heat. Charlotte went on an 18-0 run and never looked back. The Hornets made plenty of adjustments to their Game 1 and Game 2 losses in Miami and it showed in the second half as they dominated the Heat.
Charlotte won the game 96-80.
Here are the keys contributors:
Luol Deng -- 19 points, 8 rebounds
Dwyane Wade -- 17 points, 7 rebounds
Hassan Whiteside -- 13 points, 18 rebounds
Jeremy Lin -- 18 points, 4 assists
Kemba Walker -- 17 points, 7 assists
Frank Faminsky -- 15 points, 6 rebounds
Here's the keys to the game...
It was 18-0 and 22-5 to end the third quarter. Like I said, it was tied, and then Charlotte just turned on the gas. Miami couldn't get into an offense and had all kinds of trouble. Not much else to say here, this is where the game turned and changed for the worse.
Winslow & Kaminksy
One of those adjustments they made was how they played Justise Winslow and how they replaced injured Nicolas Batum. Charlotte clearly wanted Winslow to shoot. They are content letting him shoot anywhere outside the pain. So Winslow's man was used to roam and double-team the post. Justise didn't make them pay. He had 4 points.
On the other hand, Frank Kaminsky joined the starting lineup and he made a huge impact. Kaminsky had 15 points and 6 rebounds. He routinely took the Heat small ball team down low and made them pay. The Heat will have to have a new plan for him moving forward.
The Hornets had only 4 turnovers for the entire game. That's 1 away from a tie for the lowest ever in a NBA playoff game. Let that sink in for a moment. There wasn't much of a chance for the Heat to make up any ground of of errors.
After setting some pretty high standards on the first two games, the Heat came back to Earth...or maybe a little lower. Miami shot 34% field goals for the game. The Heat bench was also bad -- only 13 points and 7 of those came in 2 minutes of garbage time.
The Heat will have one day off and then play Game 4 on Monday night in Charlotte.