NBA: Tyler Hero, Hit Go On Scoring Bing, Lose Hornets

Tyler Hero hits NBA

Tyler Heroes # 14 Caleb Martin # 16 and Dwayne Dedman # 21 celebrate the Miami Heat against the Chicago Bulls in the second half on February 28, 2022 at the FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. Michael Reeves / Getty Images / AFP

Tyler Hero scored a season-high 35 points, leading host Miami Heat to a 144-115 win over Charlotte Hornet on Tuesday night.

Miami holds the record for most points in a regulation game and the most 3-pointers in any competition (23).

Jimmy Butler added 27 points, a team-high eight assists and five rebounds as Miami (52-28) won its fifth game in a row. The Heat also swept their four-match season series against the Hornets.

Heating center Bam Adebayo added 22 points and nine rebounds. Miami also got 21-of-11 points for 7-of-3 from Duncan Robinson.

However, the hit forward PJ Tucker (right cuff strain) lost in the first half. He finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

Miles Bridges scored 14 of his team’s top 29 points in the third quarter for Charlotte (40-39). Bridges made 11-of-16 shots from the floor, including 3-pointers on 3-pointers.

Hornets point guard LaMelo had the ball 18 points and had a game-high 14 assists.

Miami was without starting point guard Kyle Lori (left) and backup center Dwayne Dedman (right ankle sprain).

The second game in a row was without coach Eric Spoilstra (COVID-19 protocol). He replaces assistant Chris Quinn.

Charlotte was without Gordon Hayward (left leg pain).

In the first quarter, Charlotte made her first five shots and went 14-4. Towards the end of the quarter, Charlotte led 32.39 for a 58.3 percent shooting and 7-0 edge at the fast-break point. Miami shot just 42.9 percent.

The Heat responded by shooting 77.3 percent in the second quarter, including -8 for 6 on 3-pointers, and scoring 41 points on the way to a 70-60 halftime lead. Robinson led all first-half scorers with 18 points, 6 of 7 from a long range.

Charlotte started the third quarter at 8-0 with four straight shots on the paint.

Hornets led 80-79 on PJ Washington’s floaters, with eight minutes left in the third. Towards the end of the quarter, Miami led 102-97, although Charlotte shot 70 percent for the period.

However, the hit started 17-5 in the fourth, pulling away for the win.

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