Hornets vs. Heat: Game 1 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2016 NBA Playoffs

April 17th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The Miami Heat never looked back after a hot start against the Charlotte Hornets in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA playoffs' first round. The Southeast Division champions took a 1-0 series lead following a 123-91 win at home Sunday in AmericanAirlines Arena.

Luol Deng missed just two of his 13 field-goal attempts, scoring 31 points—one of five Heat players to score in double figures. He added seven rebounds to his strong all-around performance.

According to the team's Twitter account, the Heat's scoring output is a franchise postseason record.

The Hornets' offensive numbers weren't too bad (43.1 FG%, 35.3 3PT%, 11 TO), but their porous defense undid all of that work.  

For Hornets fans, the sting of defeat is made worse by the fact they watched Justise Winslow put in work on both ends of the floor. Charlotte passed on the chance to select Winslow in the first round of last year's draft, taking Frank Kaminsky one spot before instead.

Seeing Winslow blow by Kaminsky with a Eurostep in the second quarter was like watching a replay of Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson run right through ...

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