Behind 32 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals from LeBron James, the Miami Heat survived everything the Charlotte Bobcats had to earn a 101-97 victory on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 series lead.
Chris Bosh finished with 20 points and five rebounds and Dwyane Wade added 15 points and six rebounds.
With the Heat up by eight, the Bobcats got a three-pointer from Kemba Walker and a jumper from Al Jefferson to cut the lead to three. After James hit one of two free throws, Walker nailed another three. James hit two more free throws to push the lead to three with 10.3 seconds to go. The Bobcats had nothing going on their final possession and Dwyane Wade simply took the ball from Chris Douglas-Roberts and was fouled, essentially ending the game.
Jefferson fought through a foot injury to score 18 points and grab 13 rebounds while Walker added 16 points and eight assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Bobcats with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Although the Heat had trouble putting the Bobcats away, every time the Bobcats threatened to make a game of it, the Heat had an answer.
In the first quarter, the two teams were tied at 13 when the Heat went on a 10-0 run to push the lead into double digits for the first time.
After the Bobcats cut the lead back to three during the second quarter, the Heat used a 19-6 spurt to push the lead to 16 with just 1:01 to play in the half. The Bobcats scored the final six points of the half, then quickly cut the lead to four in the third quarter.
The Heat built the lead back up to 14 with a 10-0 fourth quarter run, but the Bobcats responded with a 10-o run of their own. The Heat, however, quickly pushed the lead back to eight.
During the final minute, James took a hard foul in the throat from Josh McRoberts which will likely cause McRoberts to miss game 3 due to a suspension, although no flagrant foul was issued during the game.
Game 3 in Charlotte is Saturday night at 7:00 pm EST and the game is on ESPN.
Game 1: Heat 99, Bobcats 88