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                     === James leads Heat past Bobcats ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC (SportsNetwork.com)  - LeBron James poured in 30 points in just
 32 minutes to lead the way in the Miami Heat's near wire-to-wire 97-81 victory
 over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
 
 James  knocked down  13-of-18 shot  attempts and  added seven  assists in  his
 efficient outing, with Michael Beasley contributing 15 points off the bench to
 Miami's third straight win and sixth in seven games following a 1-2 start.
 
 Charlotte  returned  home  off  impressive  road  decisions  over  Boston  and
 Cleveland,  but was  dealt a  13th consecutive  defeat to  the reigning  world
 champions  despite  Kemba Walker's 22 points.  Jeff Taylor scored 14 points in
 the loss, while Gerald Henderson posted 13 along with seven rebounds.
 
 Though  Miami never  trailed after the game's initial stages, the Bobcats hung
 tough  for much  of  the way,  battling back  from  a 16-point  second-quarter
 deficit  to tie  the contest  at  47-47 on  Walker's 3-point  play around  two
 minutes into the second half.
 
 Charlotte  trailed  by just  one  midway  through  the  third quarter,  but  a
 technical  foul on  Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra appeared to spark his team.
 The  infraction came  amidst an  8-0  Miami run  that Beasley  capped with  an
 outside  jumper  to put the  Heat up by  a 62-53 count with  2:42 to go in the
 period.
 
 "I  looked  at LeBron before we  ran out on the  court and said we're going to
 need a big game from [Beasley] tonight," said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. "He gave
 it to us."
 
 The  Bobcats never  got within  six points  the rest  of the  way, with  Miami
 putting  the game out  of reach via another 8-0 spurt that put Charlotte in an
 89-72 hole with under four minutes left.
 
 "We  struggled scoring the  ball," said Taylor. "We missed a lot of shots that
 we are very capable of making. We got shots, they just didn't go down for us."
 
 Miami  owned a  slim 19-16 edge with  under three minutes to play in the first
 quarter, but reeled off 13 straight points to create some distance.
 
 The  Heat's  reserves did most of  the damage during the burst. Beasley netted
 five  points  and Rashard Lewis had  four over that stretch, with the former's
 putback  just over  a minute into the  second quarter staking Miami to a 32-16
 advantage.
 
 "It  was great to see us come out tonight with a lot of energy in spite of the
 close game we had last night [against Dallas]," said James.
 
 Charlotte  closed the  first half with a flourish, however, with Henderson and
 Walker  each draining  3-pointers as  part of  an 8-0  spurt that  brought the
 Bobcats within 45-41 at intermission.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Heat  point guard  Mario Chalmers sat out the contest while serving a one-game
 suspension  for  throwing a forearm  at Dallas'  Dirk Nowitzki in Friday's win
 over  the Mavericks.  Norris Cole started in Chalmers' place and tallied eight
 points,  seven  rebounds and  five assists  ... Guard  Ray Allen (illness) and
 forward Udonis Haslem (back spasms) also sat out for Miami ... Bobcats forward
 Josh McRoberts dished out a game-high nine assists to match a career best, set
 against  Milwaukee  on Apr. 13 of  last season ... Charlotte hasn't bested the
 Heat  since  Mar. 9,  2010, the  season prior  to James'  arrival in Miami ...
 Wade managed just four points on 1-of-7 shooting in 23 minutes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/16 23:21:52 ET