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Heat making franchise history at 5-0

MIAMI -- Chris Bosh scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, and the Miami Heat improved to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history by rolling past the Charlotte Bobcats 129-90 on Sunday night.

The 129 points is the most scored by any NBA team so far this season and the 39-point victory margin matched the third-largest in Heat history. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and LeBron James and Mario Chalmers each scored 16 for the Heat, who ran out to an 18-point lead after one quarter and never trailed.

DJ White scored 21 points and Kemba Walker finished with 17 for Charlotte, which lost its seventh straight regular-season meeting against Miami.

The Heat needed a game-winner from Wade with 2.9 seconds left to win at Charlotte on Wednesday night.

No drama required this time. In fact, it took a falling-down 3-pointer from Walker -- while getting fouled -- with 3:26 left to get Charlotte back within 40 points.

So in control was Miami that James -- who got engaged to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson as his New Year’s highlight -- wasn’t even an offensive factor in the first half. His first field goal of the game came on a layup with 48 seconds remaining before intermission, and by then the Heat lead was 63-37.

Bosh controlled the play early, scoring nine of Miami’s first 15 points, the last of those being an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Chalmers for an 11-point Heat lead. And with that, it was a total turnaround from the game in Charlotte last week, where Miami quickly got into an 11-0 hole and needed to scratch and claw all the way to the finish.

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