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Heat pull away from Bobcats
(L-R) Chris Andersen, Kemba Walker and Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade (right) had 23 points and five assists for Miami.
Miami, FL ( - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for an efficient 50 points and the Miami Heat pulled away from the pesky Charlotte Bobcats for a 99-88 victory on Sunday in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

James made four of Miami's 11 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while Wade added 23 points and five assists for the two-time defending champs.

The duo shot 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) from the field, and Miami received key contributions off the bench from James Jones and Chris Andersen, with Jones chipping in 12 points and Andersen adding eight points and 10 rebounds while limiting Al Jefferson on the defensive side.  continue>>

Awards time
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - The regular season is behind us.

The postseason awaits.

In two short months from now, the NBA will crown its champion, but before then, there are individual honors to be passed out. We shall examine who is most deserving and who will actually win because, let's face it, the two aren't always the same.  continue>>

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