The Miami Heat are trying to take a commanding 2-0 series lead before they head to Charlotte for games 3 and 4 of their first round series this week.
After a pretty closely contested start to the first quarter, the Heat began to pull away and took a double digit lead into the second quarter. The Bobcats again began to claw their way back into the game in the second quarter, cutting the lead from 15 back down to three.
The Heat, however, went another streak, outscoring the Bobcats 19-6 to grab their largest lead of the game at 57-41 with just 1:01 to play.
The play that gave them their largest lead was a steal and layup by reserve point guard Norris Cole.
Bobcats’ guard Gary Neal tries to make a move on Heat forward LeBron James, but loses the ball. Cole comes up with it and races Neal, James and Bobcats’ point guard Kemba Walker to the basket. Walker has an angle on Cole, but Cole switches from his left to his right and finishes with a layup.
The Bobcats ended the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead back to 10.