Hornets.com postgame: Heat 108, Hornets 89
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Heat (57-15), Hornets (25-48)
It was over when… LeBron James drained his seventh three-pointer in 10 attempts, giving Miami an 81-58 lead during the waning seconds of the third quarter. Miami bounced back from a rare loss Wednesday in resounding fashion, building a big early lead behind James’ perimeter shooting fireworks. The reigning NBA MVP’s career high in three-pointers is eight. New Orleans dropped a second straight game against a formidable opponent, after losing to the Clippers on Wednesday. The Hornets will try to finish above .500 on their seven-game homestand Sunday vs. the Cavaliers.
Hornets MVP: Ryan Anderson (20 points) was one of the few New Orleans players who shot well, finishing 8-for-15 from the field and scoring at least four points in every quarter. The team’s starters combined to go just 19-for-45 on field goals.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Darius Miller has been making strides lately in terms of his offensive aggressiveness, after often blending into the background early in the season. The University of Kentucky rookie contributed seven points in his 20 points of action. Through three quarters, he and Anderson accounted for all but two of the NOLA bench’s points.
The buzz on… the state of the Hornets. During his postgame press conference, Hornets head coach Monty Williams provided a big-picture outlook for his team, saying “I’ve heard more criticism; I’ve heard everybody’s opinions. The bottom line is this team is moving in the right direction. We have a franchise player who’s 20 years old and is trying to figure it out. We play hard. We compete. We’re just young. And we don’t have a lot of experience. Nights like tonight add experience. Our guys understand that this is the kind of basketball that you have to play if you want to be in contention in your own conference. So from that standpoint, we’re moving in the right direction.” Williams added that Sunday’s game vs. Cleveland is important, seeming to allude to the notion that a win would give the Hornets a 4-3 mark, an encouraging record on this lengthy homestand, which is “something we haven’t done this season.”