The Miami Heat break five franchise records in huge win over the Charlotte Hornets

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The Miami Heat, with pun firmly intended, were on fire last night as they secured a second consecutive double-digit victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the American Airlines Arena.

The men from South Beach became the first team to score 115+ points in back-to-back playoff games since the Orlando Magic in 1995-96. Something that none of their three championship-winning teams were able to do.

In a series that was expected to be evenly contested - both teams ended the regular season with a 48-34 record - it has proven anything but with the Heat firing on all cylinders.

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Offensively, the team has been on a tear and this was evidenced by the fact that they set five different franchise records in the 115-103 win.

The records set were; 74.4 percent shooting in the first half, 72 first-half points, 29 first-half field goals, 16 second-quarter field goals, and 43 second-quarter points.

In their game one win on Sunday, the Heat shot 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc and in last night's encounter they again shot 57 percent and an even better 56 percent (9-16) from three-point range.

It was the second quarter, though, that made all the difference in this clash as Miami shot an incredible 84 percent and outscored the visitors 43-31.

Dwyane Wade led the team in scoring with a vintage performance that yielded 28 points but the three-time NBA champion doesn't want to get too carried away by the two displays so far.

"It's just two nights," Wade said post-game.

But the Heat should be allowed to get carried away as nobody would've predicted this current roster to be breaking franchise records. This was expected to be achieved in the days of Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning or with Chris Bosh and LeBron James, but no, it's been done without them.

"It's special, man," Wade admitted. "It was crazy to me the other night to think that the most playoff points we've ever scored is 123. We've had some good teams here."

In comparison, to say the Charlotte Hornets couldn't get a three-point shot to fall would be an understatement. The team shot a lowly 6.3 percent from the perimeter and had a night to forget.

The franchise is currently on an 11-game postseason losing streak and head coach Steve Clifford, who has overseen six of those losses, will be well aware of the task in front of him and will be hoping for a reaction from his players in front of their fans at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

It may take something special for the Hornets to overcome the deficit they find themselves in, but for Miami, they're just getting started.

"The sky's the limit for this team," Wade said. "It sounds maybe a little weird, but we're still figuring out how good we can be." 

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