Friday, February 23, 2018
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Second-quarter surge lifts Heat

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade did not see an offensive outburst like what the Heat have put up in its first two playoff games coming, nor is he counting on it continuing.

For now, he's just enjoying it.

Wade scored 28, Hassan Whiteside was a franchise playoff-record 8-of-8 from the field and finished with 17 points and Miami beat the Hornets 115-103 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

The Heat has averaged 119 points in the two games.

"You want to be able to get stops, you want to be able to put some runs together," Wade said. "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."

Miami had 72 points by halftime and never trailed in the second half. Whiteside is shooting 17-of-19 in the series, his playoff debut.

The Heat paid tribute to former point guard Dwayne "Pearl" Washington with a moment of silence before the game. Washington, 52, died Wednesday of a brain tumor. He scored a team-high 16 points in the Heat's first game, a 111-91 loss to the Clippers on Nov. 5, 1988. He was with the team for only that inaugural season.

Heat 115, Hornets 103

CHARLOTTE (103): Batum 3-11 3-3 9, Williams 0-10 0-2 0, Zeller 3-6 2-3 8, Walker 12-29 4-4 29, Lee 5-7 2-3 12, Jefferson 12-17 1-2 25, Lin 2-7 7-8 11, Kaminsky 0-1 4-4 4, Hawes 1-1 3-4 5. Totals 38-89 26-33 103.

MIAMI (115): J.Johnson 3-5 1-2 8, Deng 6-11 2-3 16, Whiteside 8-8 1-1 17, Dragic 6-12 3-4 18, Wade 11-22 6-7 28, Stoudemire 1-3 2-2 4, Richardson 5-9 3-3 15, Winslow 4-6 0-0 9, Green 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-76 18-22 115.

Charlotte 29 31 18 25— 103

Miami 29 43 19 24— 115

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 1-16 (Walker 1-6, Lee 0-1, Williams 0-2, Lin 0-3, Batum 0-4), Miami 9-16 (Dragic 3-3, Deng 2-5, Richardson 2-5, Winslow 1-1, J.Johnson 1-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 54 (Jefferson, Batum 7), Miami 40 (Whiteside 13). AssistsCharlotte 9 (Batum, Walker 3), Miami 19 (Wade 8). Total FoulsCharlotte 16, Miami 25. A19,650 (19,600).

CAVS 107, PISTONS 90: LeBron James scored 27, J.R. Smith made seven of Cleveland's NBA playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers and the host Cavaliers opened a 2-0 series lead. Top-seeded Cleveland put away the Pistons in the third quarter, outscoring them 27-15. Cleveland made 20 of 38 3s and tied the postseason record shared by Golden State (2015), Dallas (2011) and Seattle (1996).

Cavaliers 107, Pistons 90

DETROIT (90): Harris 3-11 7-8 13, Morris 2-10 6-6 11, Drummond 8-13 4-16 20, Jackson 7-14 0-0 14, Caldwell-Pope 5-12 1-2 13, Johnson 4-7 0-0 9, Blake 0-2 0-0 0, Baynes 1-3 0-0 2, Bullock 2-3 0-0 4, Tolliver 0-1 0-0 0, Meeks 1-1 0-0 2, Dinwiddie 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-78 18-32 90.

CLEVELAND (107): James 12-18 1-3 27, Love 5-14 3-6 16, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Irving 8-18 2-3 22, Smith 7-13 0-0 21, Mozgov 0-1 0-0 0, Shumpert 1-4 0-0 2, Jefferson 1-3 0-0 3, Frye 1-2 0-0 3, Dellavedova 3-5 1-2 8, McRae 2-2 0-0 5, D.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, J.Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-80 7-14 107.

Detroit 28 25 15 22— 90

Cleveland 23 32 27 25— 107

3-Point GoalsDetroit 4-17 (Caldwell-Pope 2-6, Johnson 1-2, Morris 1-5, Harris 0-1, Tolliver 0-1, Blake 0-1, Bullock 0-1), Cleveland 20-38 (Smith 7-11, Irving 4-7, Love 3-7, James 2-4, McRae 1-1, Dellavedova 1-1, Frye 1-2, Jefferson 1-3, Shumpert 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 57 (Harris, Caldwell-Pope 8), Cleveland 48 (Love 10). AssistsDetroit 19 (Jackson 6), Cleveland 23 (Dellavedova 9). Total FoulsDetroit 18, Cleveland 24. TechnicalsMorris. A20,562 (20,562).

CURRY UNCERTAIN: Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle felt better, but he said he still wasn't sure if he will be able to play tonight in Game 3 of the Warriors' series against the Rockets. "Based on how I feel right now I probably couldn't play," Curry said after practice."

TRAINER'S ROOM: Celtics starting guard Avery Bradley is out for the next two playoff games against the Hawks with a right hamstring injury. … The Hawks are hopeful that backup point guard Dennis Schroder will be able to play Friday night after injuring his left ankle. … Pacers starting center Ian Mahinmi, who sat out Monday's loss to the Raptors with a sore back, said he intends to play tonight.

WOLVES HIRE THIBODEAU: The Timberwolves hired former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to be their coach and president of basketball operations. The deal is worth about $10 million over five years, ESPN reported. Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden was also hired as general manager.

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