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            === LeBron, Wade lead red-hot Heat against Charlotte ===
 (  -  Mask or no  mask, LeBron  James is still seeing things
 clearly  on the  court. James and the  surging Miami Heat look to keep rolling
 Monday versus the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.
 James,  wearing a protective  face mask because of a broken nose, led the Heat
 to  their seventh  straight win on Saturday  in a 112-98 defeat of the Orlando
 Magic.  James had scored 30-plus points in each of the previous five games and
 compiled 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds and seven assists.
 James is averaging 33.2 points in his last six contests.
 Dwyane  Wade led Miami  with 24 points and Chris Bosh added 17. No other Miami
 player  scored  in double  figures. It  didn't matter because  the Heat shot a
 sizzling  58.1  percent to improve  to 10-1  in the last  11 games and 23-4 in
 South Beach.
 Miami,  which  had a 102-79  lead over the  Magic at one  point and sits 2 1/2
 games  behind  Indiana for the  East's top spot, is  unbeaten in its last four
 home  games and will start a three-game road trip Tuesday against Houston, San
 Antonio and Chicago.
 While  James has been  hot for the majority of the season, Wade has started to
 come  around. Wade is posting an average of 20.7 points and 5.0 assists in his
 last 10 games, and shooting 62 percent in that time.
 "I'm  in one  of those grooves right  now," said Wade. "(I'm) taking my shots,
 some  of them are  wide-open, some are not, but I'm just taking the shots that
 I'm comfortable with."
 The  Heat have  an impressive  32-2 record  when holding  opponents under  100
 points and is 24-2 in the last 26 games against Southeast foes.
 Charlotte  is from  the Southeast and has  lost all three of its games against
 the  Heat this season. The Bobcats are mired in a 15-game losing streak to the
 Heat, who have a 28-10 overall mark in this series.
 The Bobcats are winless in eight straight and 16 of the 19 games in Miami.
 A win Monday for the Heat would give them a sweep of this Charlotte series for
 a fourth consecutive season.
 Charlotte's  four-game winning  streak is in the past and it has dropped back-
 to-back  games on  a  grueling three-game  road trip.  The  trip started  with
 Friday's  loss  at San Antonio  and continued  with Sunday's 116-99 setback to
 Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 Durant  and  Westbrook combined for 54  points and the Thunder shot 50 percent
 from  the  field, holding the  Bobcats to  44.1 percent shooting. Al Jefferson
 paced Charlotte with 25 points and Anthony Tolliver netted 17 off the bench.
 The  Bobcats committed 18  turnovers for 25 OKC points and were outscored by a
 31-18 difference in the fourth quarter.
 "We  just made  too many mistakes in  the fourth quarter, turned the ball over
 (seven times) they really picked up the defensive pressure," Jefferson said.
 Charlotte,  currently the  seventh seed in the  East, is 12-18 on the road and
 will  face  a pair  of stiff challenges  coming up at  home versus Indiana and
 Cleveland.  Indiana has  All-Star Paul George and Cleveland owns All-Star Game
 MVP Kyrie Irving.
 03/03 09:46:46 ET

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