Olynyk’s late FT helps Heat stun Hornets 106-105
Kelly Olynyk thought he was fouled. Dwight Howard clearly disagreed.
Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was more concerned about the way his Hornets butchered the fourth quarter.
Olynyk scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a free throw with 0.2 seconds left following Howard’s disputed foul, to help the Miami Heat erase a five-point deficit in the final 34 seconds and stun Charlotte 106-105 on Saturday night.
I didn’t see him, Batum said. I was facing the (inbounder) and he came in from behind. I had no idea he was behind me. I barely touched the ball. … I don’t have eyes in the back of my head.
The Hornets trailed by eight in the third quarter before Batum got hot. The French shooting guard scored 14 points during a 16-6 run to give the Hornets their first lead since 2-0.
Charlotte stretched the lead to 10, outscoring the Heat 35-17 in the third quarter.
They just lit us up, Spoelstra said. It looked a lot like last night. Guys took ownership of it. Our defensive intensity in the fourth quarter was the best part and the most consistent part of it during the game.
The 14.3 percent from the free throw line is the lowest by any team in NBA history with a minimum of 10 attempts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Man, that free throw line, it’s like a virus or something, said guard Jordan Clarkson, the only Laker to make free throws in the game. What did we shoot?
Told what the Lakers shot, Clarkson blurted out, Oh s—. And when told that the Lakers set a record, Clarkson was almost in disbelief.
For real? Dang, that’s crazy, said Clarkson, whose team matched a franchise low for the fewest number of free throws made in a game as well. We got to fix that. We got to [work] in the gym.