Mia 26 19 23 29 97
Cha 16 25 19 21 81
Date of game: 11/16/2013

Recap: Charlotte vs. Miami

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.

Gardner to start for embattled Michigan

Devin Gardner will return to the starting quarterback position for Michigan when the struggling Wolverines take the field Saturday at Rutgers following a tumultous week for the program.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Cardinals' Palmer sees shoulder specialist

The Arizona Cardinals' plans on having Carson Palmer back under center following their bye week have appeared to have hit a snag, as the veteran quarterback was excused from Wednesday's practice to see a specialist about his ailing right shoulder.

Nothin' but Net: Coaching hot seat already burning

With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.

2014-15 Florida Panthers Preview

Luongo, who put up solid numbers in a 14-game run with Florida at the end of last season, returns to the fold after spending seven-plus seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. Prior to being shipped off to the Canucks in 2006, Luongo had spent the previous five seasons with the Panthers and none of those campaigns ended with a trip to the playoffs.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.