Observations and other notes of interest from Thursday night’s 117-112 overtime victory the Charlotte Hornets:

– When you get down to it, this had to be a no-lose situation for the Heat.

– As in they couldn’t afford to go south in this one the way they had in their previous two, against the Pacers and Blazers.

– The Heat were coming off a two-day break, with one game over the previous five days.

– The Hornets were playing on the second night of a back-to-back that had them flying through a hurricane overnight.

– And were without LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Cody Martin.

– Entering last in the East.

– On a six-game losing streak.

– If not now, then when?

– And still, this type of struggle.

– No, never should have gone overtime.

– But it did.

– It is hard to deny that there is a late-game crisis of confidence in place.

– Saturday, the rest factor won’t be as arresting when the teams meet again.

– But to be who they want to be, the Heat have to do it again.

– They can’t keep settling for two-game splits.

– As they previously have done against the Raptors, Blazers, Kings and Warriors.

– Because after Saturday, there are the Suns at home on Monday and then a challenging four-game trip that included a matchup against the resurgent Cavaliers.

– Tyler Herro missed his second consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle.

– Caleb Martin, who also had been listed as questionable pregame due to a quad contusion, was available and in the starting lineup.

– The Heat’s other starters were Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Max Strus and Kyle Lowry.

– With the start, Butler tied Jamal Mashburn for 23rd on the Heat all-time list.

– The game was Butler’s 700th regular-season appearance.

– Dedwayne Dedmon, Gabe Vincent and Duncan Robinson again entered together as the Heat’s first substitution.

– With Erik Spoelstra mostly going with an eight-man rotation in Herro’s absence.

– Butler’s second rebound moved him past Dan Majerle for 24th on the Heat all-time list.

– With his third point, Duncan Robinson moved past Steve Smith for 23rd on the Heat all-time scoring list.

– With his first steal, Dedmon reached 250 for his career.

– With his first steal, Vincent reached 100 for his career.

– Adebayo’s first steal tied Goran Dragic for 11th on the Heat all-time list.

– Adebayo’s 11th shot moved him past Hassan Whiteside for 15th on the Heat all-time list.

– Butler’s fourth free-throw attempt was …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


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