LeBron James scored 30 points to lead the Miami Heat past the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday night in a 97-81 win. James has been on a scoring tear, putting up 30, 39, 33 and 25 points in the past four games.
The Heat were in control most of the game–the second part of a back-to-back. The team moved the ball and shot well from the field (50.7 percent) and from the line (21 of 23).
Dwyane Wade left the game early in the fourth quarter and did not return after heading to the locker room. The reason is not yet known at the time this article was published, but one could assume it is injury related.
With Udonis Haslem and Ray Allen out because of injuries, Mario Chalmers serving a one-game suspension and Chris Bosh sitting much of the second half with foul trouble, the Heat experimented with its line ups. At one point in the game, the Heat had Norris Cole, Roger Mason Jr., Rashard Lewis, Michael Beasley and Chris Andersen on the floor.
It didn’t matter, because James and Beasley, who finished with 15 points, led the charge for the Heat. Lewis had his strongest game of the season, recording nine rebounds and nine points. He also rotated well on defense and made some hustle plays like tips that led to offensive rebounds.
Besides Kemba Walker and his 22 points, Charlotte couldn’t hit the side of the barn shooting-wise, finishing just 34.9 percent from the field as a team.
The Heat have won five of their last six games (the one loss being a Jeff Green buzzer-beater away from being a win) and will play Atlanta on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBATV.