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                      === Heat, James fend off Bobcats ===
 
 Miami,  FL  (Sports Network) - LeBron  James was nearly perfect in leading the
 Miami   Heat  to   a  99-94  victory  over  the  pesky  Charlotte  Bobcats.
 
 James finished with 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting while adding eight rebounds
 and eight assists.
 
 Chris  Bosh had  23  points and  Dwyane Wade scored  20  with a season-high 12
 rebounds for the Heat, who led by no more than nine points Monday night.
 
 "(The  Bobcats)  were playing  hard. They  wouldn't go away.  We had to really
 concentrate on the game," Bosh said.
 
 Ramon  Sessions paced  six Charlotte players in double figures with 18 points.
 Ben  Gordon  contributed 16  points, while Gerald  Henderson and Byron Mullens
 posted 12 points apiece.
 
 The Heat appeared to be on the verge of finally distancing themselves from the
 Bobcats  in the fourth quarter as Bosh hit a jumper to put Miami up 85-76 with
 4:11 to play.
 
 But, like they did the whole game, the Bobcats crept back as two Sessions free
 throws  closed  the gap  to 89-87 with  1:38 remaining. Ray  Allen missed a 3-
 pointer on the next Miami possession, but Mullens lost the ball after grabbing
 the rebound. Bosh followed up the steal with a dunk.
 
 James  and  Wade then scored  baskets after  Kemba Walker and Mullens misfired
 from  beyond  the arc  on consecutive Charlotte  possessions. Miami sealed its
 10th straight win in the series at the foul line.
 
 "When  you are on the road against this kind of team, you are going to have to
 execute and one play can make the difference," said Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap.
 "Essentially, it came down to that tonight."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Heat  shot 50.6  percent, but  were only 1-for-12  from 3-point range ...
 Walker had 11 points and Jeff Taylor supplied 10 for Charlotte.
 
 
 
 
 02/04 23:01:34 ET