The Heat offense looked strong to start with Bam and Duncan getting involved early. The three-point shooting was also phenomenal in the first with Max Strus, and Olynyk also hitting from beyond the arc to spark an 8-2 run.
On defense, Duncan got into foul trouble early and was replaced by Max Strus. But they did a good job forcing Charlotte to take contested three-pointers and limiting easy baskets inside. Still, Malik Monk would find range and punish the Heat on a 9-1 run to cut the lead down.
The Heat offense stalled towards the end of the quarter, while Malik Monk continued to show out for Charlotte. Still, the Heat was able to bring a one-point lead into the second.
Max Strus continued his hot shooting to open the second (he was 4/6 from three) and even had a great layup to make it 11 consecutive points score by the Heat (all by him!)
Still despite Strus’ incredible shooting Charlotte had an 8-0 run to steal the lead back.
Thankfully, Duncan would also light it up from beyond the arc to get the Heat back in the driver’s seat. The three-point shooting was really something else in the first half.
Some impressive play from Precious, Herro, and Bam allowed Miami to build on the lead on a 10-2 run. It also allowed Spo to experiment with more players. The Heat are a very deep team, but this might be the first game this season with almost everybody available.
Max Strus was unstoppable with 17 points off 5/6 shooting from three in the first half. Still, even with Miami playing exceptionally well on offense Charlotte continued to stay within striking distance closing to two. So the Heat took a 2 point lead into the second half, even with Miami’s sharpshooters lighting it up.
Tyler Herro opened up the third quarter with a three, and Jimmy followed that up with a one-legged setback jumper. The Heat was really great on offense tonight, but on the other end so were the Hornets. The Heat did have some strong defensive possessions (i.e the Bam block on Zeller) but Charlotte just wouldn’t go away.
Kelly Olynyk was impressive tonight, shooting well from three and hustling for rebounds inside. After struggling briefly it looks like he’s finally pulled things together. Bam was also very good, continuing his solid shooting from the midrange to keep the Heat ahead.
Jimmy continued to display his ability to get to the free-throw line at will, using it to slow the pace of the game and keep the Heat ahead. He found his shots easily, was dominant on the glass, and facilitated well. He really contributes in all of the important ways.
The Hornets went on a 17-5 run to end the quarter courtesy of Devonte’ Graham and Malik Monk and would take the lead. Leaving the Heat down six headed into the fourth.
The Hornets’ hot shooting continued to start the fourth, but Bam and Strus would attack the rim to keep the Heat within striking distance. Andre Iguodala and Goran Dragic hit some well-timed threes take the lead.
Iggy continued to hit important threes, building on the lead somewhat (Iggy was spectacular tonight with 5 assists and 4 rebounds to go with his big shots). Unfortunately, the Hornets wouldn’t go away with Malik Monk getting them back within one off of two big threes.
Luckily, Jimmy picked things up dominating in the paint with some earned buckets. He had more than eight in the quarter. Even though he’s a little lighter, Jimmy’s ability to get to wherever he wants on the floor is unmatched.
Tyler Herro came up big with a huge three that put the Heat ahead 10, but still, Malik Monk and Graham would make a final push for the Hornets getting the Hornets within three. Malik Monk would tie things up giving the Heat one final play for the win.
Jimmy got a look for three, but he’d miss sending things to overtime.
Miami struggled to score to start the OT period until Jimmy continued to bulldoze to the rim for free throws. He’d tie things up from there, but the Hornets weren’t finished with Hayward getting to the rim twice in a row to take a four-point lead. Miami’s shot selection was questionable as they forced looks.
Devonte’ Graham hit a huge three to put things out of the reach, and Jimmy would respond with a terrible look from three. Monk would hit another shot from the elbow a possession later. The Heat gave one last effort, but it wasn’t enough.
This was a bad loss for the Heat. There are no excuses for blowing a 10 point lead with 3 minutes to go in the game. They looked just awful in overtime. There was a ton of good in this game, but there’s a lot of ambiguity as to where the Heat goes from here.