Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Hornets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Miami Heat throttled the New Orleans Hornets, 108-89, which puts their winning streak at one game.
From the tip, the Hornets just weren't ready for the Heat's offensive pressure, with six turnovers in the first five minutes—leading to a 10-point Heat lead at the end of the first quarter.
From there, LeBron James took over, knocking down four-straight three pointers at one point on consecutive possessions.
LeBron ended the night with 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He also accounted for six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Oh yeah, and he only played 32 minutes.
It almost looked like the Hornets were hoping that the Heat came out on a post winning streak lull, but that couldn't have been further from how the Heat actually played.
As a team they shot 60.9 percent from the floor and 51.9 percent from beyond the arc. It's hard to beat anyone when a team shoots like that. And it's even harder when LeBron and Dwyane Wade are on that team.
This was a good tune up game for the Heat as they travel to San Antonio for a big-time show down with the Spurs on Sunday afternoon. It could be a preview of the NBA Finals, and it will certainly at least help decide who has home-court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.
Miami Heat 109, New Orleans Hornets 89
Heat's Top Performer: LeBron James—36 points, 65.0 FG%, 70.0 3PFG%, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals.
Hornets' Top Performer: Ryan Anderson—20 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
This game is really out of hand. The New Orleans Hornets announcers are talking about LeBron going back to Cleveland.
Heat 106, Hornets 87—1:46 remaining in the 4th quarter
Let's make things interesting. Make the Heat play with 4 players for the rest of the game. I'm thinking the Heat would still win.
Heat 98, Hornets 77—5:11 remaining in the 4th quarter
Wade should be checking out soon to get some rest before Sunday's matchup with the Spurs.
Q4 (7:16): Heat 95, Hornets 70— Miami Heat Stats (@HeatFever) March 30, 2013
When's the last time an NBA team shot at least 60 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc in the same game?
It's been quite some time.
Heat 92, Hornets 70—7:26 remaining in the 4th quarter
I'm kind of hoping that the Hornets go on a 24-0 run so that we can see LeBron back out on the floor to see if he can get 50 points. #HoopDreams
Heat 92, Hornets 68—8:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
LeBron just sank another three ball—that gives him this stat line through three quarters—36 points (65 FG%, 7-0f-10 from three land) 6 assist, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
If this game mattered LeBron would have 50 and 10, easy.
Heat 81, Hornets 60—12:00 remaining in the 4th quarter
LeBron, Wade and Bosh have combined for 54 points. The entire Hornets team has combined for just 51.
Heat 75, Hornets 51—2:38 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Anthony Davis is the best rookie, but man does that jumper look better than its accuracy.— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) March 30, 2013
Chris Bosh finally on the end of a LeBron James alley-oop. As expected, Bosh falls to the ground.
LeBron with 30 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 26 minutes.
Heat 70 Hornets 45—6:00 remaining in the 3rd quarter
LeBron's got 30. Now he needs to decide if he wants to work on getting a triple double, or if he'd rather break the NBA three-point record. #NBAPlayerProblems
Heat 64, Hornets 43—10:07 remaining in the 3rd quarter
LeBron almost made 100 in the 1st half alone—he was just 94 away.
For the 1st time in franchise history, 4 players have made 100+ 3's in the same season! Allen (123) Battier (122) Chalmers (111) James (100)— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 30, 2013
This could impact the Heat's matchup with the Spurs on Sunday. Keep your eye on the injury report.
Spurs report Manu Ginobili (tightness, right hamstring) will not return tonight.— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) March 30, 2013
You can't stop LeBron James you can only hope to contain him. LBJ finished the half with 28 points in just 20 minutes! MIA leads NOLA 60-43.— NBA (@NBA) March 30, 2013
LeBron's half way to the NBA record of 12 three balls in a game. Let's go King James.
Heat 60, Hornets 43—end of the 2nd quarter
Mike Miller alley-oop. Everyone go home.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) March 30, 2013
71.0 % = the Heat's field goal percentage so far. I'm not sure the 1971-72 Lakers could beat the Heat if they were shooting 71.0 % from the floor.
Heat 59, Hornets 39—54.8 remaining in the 2nd quarter
LeBron checks back in with 3:00 left in the 2nd. Let's see if LeBron can hit the 35 point mark by the end of the half.
Heat 44, Hornets 33—2:54 remaining in the 2nd quarter
Also, the Hornets have played 21 minutes, LeBron's only played 17.
At this moment, the Hornets have 31 points ... LeBron James has 28— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 30, 2013
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