It took overtime to do it, but the Miami Heat (29-11) defeated the Charlotte Bobcats (17-25) Saturday 104-96. LeBron James scored 34 points on 25 shots, the second-most attempts he has had this season (he had 28 in an overtime games against Atlanta in December).
LeBron smiles & does little dance in chair when told he had second-most shots of season: "It felt good. I'm icing my shoulder right now."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 19, 2014
Before you go there, I wouldn’t say his shooting volume was due to jealousy of Kevin Durant’s 52-point game against the Golden State Warriors Friday night. Dwyane Wade was out, and everyone other than James and Bosh struggled from the field most of the game. Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers did get going late, though.
Speaking of Bosh, with 25 points he has quietly scored that many or more in three-consecutive games.
After a strong performance by the defense against the Washington Wizards Friday, the Heat gave up 60 points in the first half against the Bobcats.
Miami locked up in the second half and gave up just 30 points before outscoring Charlotte 14-6 in overtime.
“Our guys were not happy at halftime and wanted to take a lot more pride in our defense (in the 2nd half),” said coach Erik Spoelstra.
Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker went down with a left ankle injury after landing on Chris Bosh on a drive. He was helped off the court and did not return. Ray Allen was also shaken up late in the game but returned.
The Heat have another road game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Quotes via Twitter @MiamiHEAT