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Heat demolish Bobcats, open season with 5th straight win

The Miami Heat came out like gangbusters on Sunday against Charlotte, jumping all over the Bobcats and beating them 129-90 in a game that was never really close. The Heat started the game on fire, springing out to a quick 20-6 lead in the game's first 6 minutes before finishing the opening quarter up by 18. Chris Bosh continued his strong start to the season with a huge first half, scoring 20 of his 24 points, as Miami moved to 5-0 on the season.

This game was quite different then the first meeting between the Heat and Bobcats, a game that required Dwyane Wade to hit the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds left. This time around it was all Miami as the Heat never trailed in a game that was decided long before it was actually over. The dominance was done without much help from LeBron James, who finished with 16 points and didn't score his first bucket until the final minute of the first half, with Miami already up by 26.

A game like this is just what the doctor ordered. Erik Spoelstra was able to give his regulars plenty of rest, which is great considering the Heat play again tomorrow against the Hawks and then have another back-to-back set following just one day off.

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat is 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
  • This was the largest margin of victory over the Bobcats in Heat franchise history, and it's tied for the 3rd largest margin of victory against any team.
  • The 129 points is the most scored by any NBA team so far this season.
  • Mario Chalmers finished with 16 points and shot a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown.
  • Norris Cole also scored 16 points, and he dished off a game-high 9 assists.
  • Miami shot 60% from the field, an NBA high for any team this season.

The Heat will go for a 6-0 start to the season tomorrow night when the Atlanta Hawks come to town. Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30.