Heat hot in third quarter this season

A second straight game for the Miami Heat where the outcome was all but determined after the third quarter.

But it’s the 12 minutes after halftime where the Heat have blown games open. Miami has outscored its five opponents in the third quarter by an average of 13 points, 28.4 to 15.4. In fact, the Heat have held all five opponents under 20 points in the third.

Miami Heat This Season

The Heat have allowed less than 100 points in all five games this season. In the last three games, the Magic, Nets and Timberwolves have shot a combined 34.4 percent from the floor.

This was only the second time since the 1994-95 season that Miami scored at least 129 points in a non-overtime game.

LeBron James was held without a rebound for only the third time in his career. The other two instances happened in his rookie season.

James did have nine of his 12 assists in the first half. In the third quarter, James assisted on or scored nine of the Heat’s 13 field goals. Both he and Chris Bosh did not play in the third quarter.

Dwyane Wade was the only one of the Big 3 on the court in the fourth quarter. When Wade, James and Bosh were on the court, the Heat were 20-of-31 from the floor, and outscored the Timberwolves by 19 points.