HEAT Take Care Of Business Against Hornets

Bam Adebayo, Meyers Leonard
Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
by Joe Beguiristain

Thanks to five players scoring in double-figures, the HEAT defeated the Hornets 117-100 Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena to remain unbeaten at home.

Let’s get into some takeaways from the action.

1. Butler Sets The Tone

From the start, Jimmy Butler had it all going on versus Charlotte.

Due to some aggressive takes to the rack, Butler scored 10 points in the opening period and left the Hornets looking for answers early and often.

That said, his best play of the night came on this fantastic steal and finish with contact midway through the second quarter:

Gotta love it.

As the game progressed, Butler continued to earn trips to the free-throw line.

When it was all said and done, the 30-year-old vet recorded a game-high 21 points (tied with Bam Adebayo) on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe, seven assists, three boards, one steal and one block.

2. Adebayo Seals The Deal

Although Adebayo played pretty well through three quarters, his biggest contribution came in the fourth.

How so?

Well, the 22-year-old essentially shut the door on Charlotte with a team-high 11 points in the period, including this huge jam despite being fouled by P.J. Washington:


Of course, Adebayo was also a menace on the defensive end down the stretch.

In all, the former Kentucky Wildcat tallied a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 13 rebounds, five assists and a block.

3. Nunn Gets Back On Track

After a tough outing against the Sixers, Kendrick Nunn bounced back and really made some noise versus the Hornets.

All told, Nunn took advantage of what the defense gave him, found his spots and drilled trey after trey.

Perhaps this shot in the second quarter was his toughest:

Nunn ended up with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-6 from deep, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Other Takeaways:

-Kelly Olynyk spaced the floor for Miami and hit his first four threes of the contest, but he also did all the little things and played solid help defense.

In total, KO amassed 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from downtown, a game and career-high 16 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

-Tyler Herro continued to show his fantastic shooting mechanics and mixed things up with smooth pull-up jumpers and shots from beyond the arc.

The rookie finished with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, two rebounds and one assist.

-It was hammer time for Meyers Leonard early in the third quarter.

Leonard concluded the evening with four points on 2-of-4 shooting, four rebounds and a block.

Game Notes:

-James Johnson felt ill just before tipoff and was sent home.

-Udonis Haslem (Sick) and Derrick Jones Jr. (Left Hip Strain) were active scratches.

-Daryl Macon (G League - Two-Way), Justise Winslow (Concussion), KZ Okpala (Left Achilles Strain) and Dion Waiters (Team Suspension) were inactive.

Looking Ahead:

-Next up for the HEAT are the Rockets in Houston on Wednesday at 8PM. Miami’s next home tilt will be on Friday at 8PM versus the Warriors in the debut of ViceWave. Tickets for that game at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.

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