Heat (16-5), Hornets (4-17)
It was over when... Chris Bosh grabbed a steal that led to him throwing down a breakaway slam at the other end, giving Miami a 99-76 lead with 6:00 remaining. The Heat were down 45-33 at one stage of the second quarter, but outscored the Hornets 54-23 through the end of the third period to assume control. New Orleans showed several positive signs of bouncing back from Sundays discouraging defeat to Atlanta, but ultimately was overpowered by the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Hornets MVP: Carl Landry made sure that his scoreless Sunday performance against Atlanta would be chalked up as an aberration. The reserve power forward dropped in 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting, in just 24 minutes of playing time. Landrys 10 points in the first half paced the Hornets and kept the visitors within 51-49 at intermission.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Excluding Squeaky Johnson and DaJuan Summers, who played the lions share of their minutes after the outcome was decided, Gustavo Ayon and Al-Farouq Aminu were the only New Orleans players who finished in the positives in plus-minus. Ayon is leading the Hornets in that statistic this season, a testament to the impact he makes when he enters games. He finished plus-9 on Monday, while scoring eight points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field. He also had two steals and one blocked shot.
The buzz on
a problem that wont go away. The Hornets have struggled to shoot from the perimeter so much that Mondays 4-for-13 performance from three-point range (30.8 percent) actually improved the teams 2011-12 accuracy. New Orleans entered Monday at 27.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is now last among the NBAs 30 teams. One frustrating aspect of this statistic is that virtually every player is still shooting below what theyve done previously in their pro career. You would think some of those numbers would return to the mean this deep into the campaign, but thats not the case. Here are the percentages for the players whove attempted the most treys: Marco Belinelli (39.2 career, 32.5 this season); Jarrett Jack (34.9, 31.9); Trevor Ariza (31.5/29.2); Greivis Vasquez (27.9/25.0).