Heat claim 5th straight win, beat Hornets 144-115 t – The North State Journal
MIAMI — Tyler Herro scored 35 points off the bench and the Miami Heat moved closer to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 144-115 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.
Miami won its fifth straight game and posted the second-highest point total in franchise history, while Charlotte allowed 144 for the second straight game after a 144-112 loss Saturday at Philadelphia.
Jimmy Butler added 27 points, Bam Adebayo had 22 and Duncan Robinson came off a recent 21-point dip for the Heat, who must win one of their two remaining games to secure first place in ballast. Robinson shot 7 of 11 from 3-point range after averaging 5.7 points in his previous six games, including two scoreless outings.
Up 104-97 after three periods, the Heat started the fourth on a 13-2 push. Robinson’s 3-pointer with 7:55 remaining capped the run for a 117-99 lead.
Miami finished 23 of 42 from 3-point range. Herro was 8 of 14 from behind the arc and tied Dwyane Wade’s single-game record for points by a Heat reserve.
The Hornets clinched a spot in the play-in tournament. They started the night tied with Brooklyn for ninth in the East.
Miles Bridges scored 29 points and LaMelo Ball finished with 18 points and 14 assists for Charlotte.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (health and safety protocols) missed his second straight game. Miami assistant Chris Quinn leads the team during Spoelstra’s absence.
The Hornets hit their first four 3-pointers for a 14-4 lead after 2:57 of play. Robinson and Herro’s straight 3 scored a 12-3 surge in the final 2:07 of the second period that gave Miami a 70-60 halftime lead.
Miami’s Kyle Lowry and Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward rested and did not play. Hayward had missed 22 games with a sprained left ankle before his 17-minute outing against Philadelphia.
The Hornets host the Magic on Thursday.