A good start in the first half for the Miami Heat turned into a nightmare for the Charlotte Hornets after taking defeat from the Heat, 115-103, in Game 2 on Monday.
The Miami Heat were now leading the series 2-0 after Dwayne Wade exploded with 28 points and Hassan Whiteside established a franchise playoff-record of 8-of-8 from the field to score 17 points. Whiteside also showed dominance under the basket posting 13 rebounds in the second game of his playoff debut.
”You want to be able to get stops, you want to be able to put some runs together,” Wade said via Yahoo Sports. ”And we did that. We didn’t play a perfect game, by no stretch of the imagination. We’ve got a lot of things that we can get better at – that we need to get better at.”
Both team were tied in the first quarter but the Heat made a huge offensive outburst in the second quarter resulting to 72 points only in the first half. The Heat never let the rhythm get off their system as they continue dominating until the end of the game.
The Charlotte Hornets were led by Kemba Walker who scored 29 points and Al Jefferson added 25 points off the bench. Two other Hornets player scored double-digits including Courney Lee with 12 points and Jeremy Lin with 11 points but seemed to be not enough to defeat the Heat who were also doing good in the offensive end.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, Nicolas Batum left the game early in the 4th quarter after suffering from sprained left ankle making him questionable for the next game.
Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets will be on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 2 of the playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets:
Video courtesy: Youtube/NBA Conference