Heat set franchise records in blowing out Hornets in Game 1

MIAMI (AP) -- Luol Deng made his Miami postseason debut one to remember.

And with a franchise record for points, the Heat are off to a flying playoff start.

Deng scored 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting for his best game in a Miami uniform, Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 11 rebounds in his postseason debut, and the Heat routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-91 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Miami scored 41 points in the first quarter to tie one franchise playoff record, set another with the 123 points -- topping the 121 in the 2012 NBA Finals clincher against Oklahoma City -- and never trailed.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami.

Dwyane Wade scored 16 points in 25 minutes for the Heat in their first playoff game since the 2014 NBA Finals. Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire each scored 11 points, and Goran Dragic had 10 assists.

Nic Batum scored 24 points for the Hornets, who emptied the bench with 4:11 left and Miami leading by 31. Kemba Walker added 19 in his fifth career playoff game, all of them against Miami and all of them losses.

Al Jefferson had 13 for Charlotte, which had an identical 48-34 record as the Heat in the regular season but was the No. 6 seed to Miami's No. 3. And the Heat took full advantage of that home-court edge.

Deng opened the scoring with a corner 3, which ordinarily wouldn't seem that significant -- except he never cooled off. He was 5 for 5 in the first quarter to help stake Miami to a 19-point lead.

A foul-line jumper with about 8 minutes left pushed him to 31 points, his best total in two seasons in a Heat uniform and his highest-scoring game since scoring 37 points in 56 triple-overtime-inflated minutes for Chicago against New Orleans on Dec. 2, 2013. Fans actually groaned a bit when Deng missed an open 3 from the right corner midway through the fourth.

It was about the only time they couldn't cheer all night.

Full story at FoxSports.com.

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