LeBron filled up the box score like his usual self, but his activity on the boards was contagious on a night when the team was desperate for energy on the back end of a back-to-back. LeBron crushed the Hornets in transition and the crowning (and clowning) play was the behind-the-back wrap that led to an and-1 against Greivis Vasquez. James could have easily recorded a triple-double were it not for the rout.
After a shaky outing on Sunday, Wade came out with newfound aggression, looking for his shot almost every time down the floor in the early going. His second-quarter scoring binge single-handedly brought the Heat back to life. Wade cooled after that, but he deserves a wealth of credit for carrying the Heat in the first half.
Bosh was mostly invisible until an inconsequential breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter. You can't exactly chalk up the dud to strong opposition, because the Hornets have a paper-thin frontline. Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't. In a lockout-shortened season, it's simply excusable when you don't.
The other shoe was going to drop eventually. After the Hornets jumped out to a 12-point lead in the second quarter, the Heat stomped on their necks in the third quarter as LeBron James and Mario Chalmers outscored the entire Hornets squad in the frame. "SportsCenter" could build a top-10 reel using third-quarter material alone.
The Hornets came out on fire, hitting 10 of their first 11 shots and scoring 20 points halfway through the first quarter. The Hornets enjoyed a 45-33 lead in the second quarter, but that deficit turned out to be a mirage. They couldn't handle the Heat in the open floor, but you can't blame them after flying into Miami overnight. What do you expect?