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Heat squeak by Bobcats 99-98 with furious fourth quarter rally led by Bosh

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The Miami Heat's winning streak looked in jeopardy before Chris Bosh's 13 straight fourth quarter points erased the double-digit deficit.

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Heat's ten-game winning streak is safe but it took one of the more memorably fourth-quarter comebacks in recent memory to secure the hard-fought victory 99-98 over the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Heat had to overcome a 14 point deficit in the final quarter, their largest this season, to overcome the perennial lottery team and they had Chris Bosh to thank for that. His 13 straight points down the stretch, including three straight triples, was the catalyst for the big comeback.

With the victory the Heat now improve to 14-3 and 9-1 at home.

The Bobcats had the listless Heat on the ropes with nine minutes left in the game and a sizable double-digit lead. The Heat weren't getting any semblance of a cohesive offense with Dwyane Wade and four reserves, including a struggling Ray Allen and Michael Beasley. When LeBron James and Chalmers re-entered the game, the Heat began playing better but they were still down 79-67 with eight minutes left. A little more than a minute later, Bosh entered the game for Birdman. LeBron and Chalmers knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to close the Bobcats lead to just three points at 83-80.

Charlotte then pushed the lead back up to seven points before Bosh went on his offensive explosion. Two free throws, a dunk and then the three straight 3-pointers finally took back the lead the Heat didn't have since the second quarter.

The champs ended up scoring 38 points in the final quarter, one more point than their second and third quarter scoring output combined.

Kemba Walker led his team with 27 points and 6 assists, scoring on a variety of difficult jumpers. Al Jefferson was effective with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Gerald Henderson also gave the Heat plenty of problems with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The Bobcats didn't do their scoring from beyond the arc but connected on a multitude of midrange jumpers and were able to successfully contain the Heat's offense for large parts of the second, third and fourth quarters. With little in the way of scoring help off the bench and what looked like it would be another quiet night from Bosh had many in the building fearing that their win streak was about to die.

Behind Walker and Henderson's scoring, the visitors used an 18-7 to close the first half and take the one-point lead into halftime. LeBron led the team with 14 points at the half, with Wade chipping in 11 points.

The Heat came out flat, missing five straight shots to open the third quarter before a Shane Battier corner three. By then, the Bobcats's run had been extended to 27-4 since the second quarter. Miami closed the third quarter on 6-18 shooting before their huge turnaround in the final quarter finally reclaimed the lead for good.

LeBron sank four clutch free throws to ice the game in the closing moments but Norris Cole gave the Bobcats a sliver of hope when he pressured Walker too much in the final possession from beyond the arc. Walker attempted to miss the final free throw with less than a second left but accidentally made it, ending his team's hopes of salvaging the game.