The Hornets started hot against Miami and kept it close through the first half, but ran out of steam as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had huge quarters to elevate Miami to a 16-5 record.
The Heat were uncharacteristically lethargic to begin the game, giving up turnovers and missing makable shots. Meanwhile every starter for New Orleans had scored before the 8th minute of the first period as they jumped to a double figure lead.
Dwyane Wade’s stunning 14 point second quarter was a catalyst for the Miami comeback which was combined with LeBron James’ 15 point third quarter. Neither of the two emerged in the final period.
James finished with a typically astonishing 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in just three quarters of play. Wade matched his 22 points and added 5 assists.
Both teams gained huge bench production, mostly because the fourth quarter was entirely garbage time given the game was over by the end of the third, but it was a good chance for the lesser Heat and Hornets to get some game time.
New Orleans can look to their rebounding as one of the reasons for their second half collapse, being out rebounded by 14. They managed just 4 offensive boards.