Yeah, it was one of those of games. The Hornets did what they have been best at this season unfortunately: coming up short in the fourth quarter.
Charlotte started off the game in a relatively solid, and led the 26-22 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, however, they gave the lead up as reserves came onto the game. In fact, every single reserve that played in tonight’s game had a plus-minus of -10 or worse. The Hornets ended up being outscored 32-22 in the second quarter, which gave the Heat a 54-48 lead.
The third quarter would be dominated by Charlotte, as they managed to drop 13 more points in the period than Miami. Then the fourth quarter came along. The Hornets scored just 13 points, and were iced when Wayne Ellington hit a 3-point shot with less than five seconds left to put the Heat up by four.
Kemba Walker pretty much put the team on his back tonight. He played the entire second half. Walker put up 30 points, five assists and six rebounds on 8-for-22 shooting. Dwight Howard also had a great night. He would record 20 points and 16 rebounds.
No matter how this game ends, you CANNOT expect one player to carry you to the playoffs.— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) January 28, 2018
This game was the textbook definition of what a Hornets game looks like. You simply cannot expect to win games when you have to play your best player 41 minutes (including the entire second half) in the second leg of a back to back.
Hornets still suck in the clutch. What’s new?— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) January 28, 2018
The Hornets will face the Indiana Pacers in two days in Indianapolis.