Heat drop opener in Orlando

Hassan Whiteside has 26 points, 22 rebounds


ORLANDO – The Miami Heat season started with a 1161-09 road loss in Orlando.

The plus side for Miami was the performance by Hassan Whiteside.

The Heat center had 26 points, 22 rebounds, and his first ever three-pointer.

Miami's defense struggled all night against the Magic.

Orlando shot 43/90 or 47.8% from the field.

The Heat had a balanced offensive attack.

Along with Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, and Justise Winslow all scored in double figures.

The Heat's home opener is Saturday night.

Miami welcomes the Indiana Pacers to the American Airlines Arena.

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