Heat, Hornets combine for fewest points in a game this season with 168
The Heat won the Sunday game by a score 93-75. With the combined score of 168 points, it became the lowest-scoring game of the season, just edging out a Chicago Bulls-Orlando Magic game from December.
Heat 93, Hornets 75.
The 168 combined points was the lowest in the NBA this season. Orlando and Chicago combined for 170 on Dec. 21.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 17, 2019
A result like this either means really good defense or really poor shooting. The answer in this case was the latter. Charlotte shot 31.1 percent for the game, compared to their 44.9 percent shooting mark this season. The Heat were bad, too, albeit to a lesser extent, shooting 39.5 percent compared to 45.3 percent on the year.
The game’s leading scorer was the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb with 21 points, followed by Miami’s Goran Dragic, who had 19 points. It was another good game for Dwyane Wade, who finished with 17 points.
This is the last time these two teams will face off this season, and was on par with their other games. Their most recent meeting before this low-scoring affair was a 91-84 Heat victory. Their two meetings earlier in the year were much higher scoring, resulting in a pair of Hornets wins (113-112 and 125-113, respectively).
For the Heat, this is their 14th game scoring under 100 points, and they are 4-10 in those games. The Hornets are 1-11 in their 12 games scoring below 100.