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Heat make massive opening playoff statement in 123-91 rout of Hornets

Heat make massive opening playoff statement in 123-91 rout of Hornets

In the end, the Miami Heat's Wednesday night in Boston turned into a gift that kept on giving.

Not only did the Heat somehow emerge from blowing a 26-point lead in that loss at TD Garden with the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and the playoff-neophyte Charlotte Hornets as their opening-round opponent, but they also developed a healthy appreciation of no lead being safe.

So this time, in what turned into a 123-91 victory Sunday night over the Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena and a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series, the Heat kept the pressure on until the Hornets completely deflated, closing with the highest scoring total in franchise postseason...

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