LeBron James is apparently pretty good at basketball. - Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Heat got another big fourth quarter from Chris Bosh, a typical triple double flirtation by LeBron James and a season high in rebounds from Dwyane Wade and needed all of that to fend of the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Charlotte Bobcats pulled, fought and scrapped at the Miami Heat with an admirable road effort, but the Heat were able to get enough from their stars to pull away in the fourth quarter and win 99-94.
The Bobcats (11-36) entered the game 29th in the NBA in defensive rating, and this game didn't deviate from that much as Miami shot 51 percent from the field.
The Bobcats were able to shoot 18-of-20 at the free throw line, though, and got some good bounces in that the Heat were missing their 3-pointers.
In the end, Miami's (31-14) top loaded roster was too much.
LeBron James shot 13-of-14 for 31 points, to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. The night was memorable in that it was one of the three most efficient nights in Heat history, up there with a pair of former star Heat centers. Shaquille O'Neal made 15-of-16 baskets on Feb. 26, 2006 and Alonzo Mourning made 13 of 14 buckets on Feb. 23, 2000.
In summary, something about February makes players have super historical efficient games in Miami, and, in other news, LeBron James can play basketball.
Dwyane Wade generally had a tough offensive night, despite ending up with 20 points. He continued his sub par free throw shooting and struggled from the field (7-of-19), but snatched a season best 12 rebounds, including a career mark of six offensive boards, to lead Miami.
Chris Bosh had another double digit 4th period and finished with 23 points.
The Bobcats were led by 18 points from Ramon Sessions.
* For those of us that live, and thrive, off of every move Chris 'Birdman' Andersen makes, he had another coast to coast score tonight, and had four points and six rebounds in 16 minutes. Andersen has effectively replaced Joel Anthony in the rotation.
* Ray Allen has missed his last seven 3-pointers and hasn't made one in three games. Good money is on him hitting some really soon.
* Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra made a rotation adjustment tonight in that he usually played Wade and/or James on the court at all times, and avoided his usual second unit team that features Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Bosh and another role player. That second team has been getting battered, and this is probably for the best.