Lebron James and Dwyane Wade lead all players with 22 points each and both sat out the entire fourth quarter. 4 other Heat players scored in double figures as the Heat used the 2nd and 3rd quarters to outscore the Hornets 60-39.
This is the 3rd time in the Heat’s history that they have started 16-5. They also held their 9th straight opponent under 100 points.
The Heat showed the effects of a playoff type game in January from Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bulls. They had no energy, were slow getting back on defense and couldn’t even get the crowd into it. But after a series of points scored by Dwyane Wade late in the second quarter the Heat started to get it together.
After scoring 10 of their first 11 shots, the Hornets seemed to be in cruise control and leading 45-33 in the 2nd quarter. Then the Heat woke up. New Orleans now are amongst the leagues worst at 4-17 and are facing another shake up of their roster before the trade deadline. Center Chris Kaman has been told that he will not play as the team is looking to trade him and SG Eric Gordon sits out with a knee problem (wink).