Jeremy Lin, Hornets fall big to Heat in opening game of 2016 NBA Playoffs

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets got off to a bad start in the 2016 NBA Playoffs falling to the Miami Heat to a 123-91 blowout on Sunday. The Heat grabs the early 1-0 lead in this best of seven series as Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside led the way for the Miami squad.

Deng and Whiteside combined to score 52 points on this one with both players shooting hot from the field. Deng was 11 of 13 from the field and added 7 rebounds while Whiteside had a double-double with 11 rebounds plus 2 steals and 3 blocks and shot 9 of 11 from the field.

The Hornets’ defense was missing in Game 1 as Charlotte allowed the Heat to shoot 57.6 per cent (49 of 85 field goals) overall and 50.0 per cent (9 of 18 three point field goals) from the three point area.

Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 and 19 points, respectively but were lacking in contributions from their other key players. Off the bench, Jeremy Lin settled for 9 points and 3 assists in 25 minutes of play while Al Jefferson had 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting. However, no other Hornets scored in double figures in the blowout loss.

For the Hornets to recover in this series, they need more of scoring production from the likes of Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin. They will also have to play better defense to survive in this best of seven series.

Jeremy Lin and the rest of the Hornets will try to bounce back in Game 2 of the Charlotte-Miami series on Wednesday.

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