The Heat survived numerous furious rallies from the Bobcats to hold on for a 101-97 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.
The Heat came out on fire to start the first quarter, jumping out to a 29-19 lead, behind 12 points from LeBron James. The defense from Miami looked as if they were ready to dominate, forcing five turnovers in the first 12 minutes.
Even though the lead remained at 10 (57-47) going into the half, the Heat took their feet off the gas in the second quarter, and allowed Charlotte to play much better and score 28 points in the quarter. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was able to score 11 points in the quarter to establish a bit of an offensive rhythm. For Miami, Chris Bosh countered that with 10 points of his own, including two three-pointers.
Charlotte played with much more energy coming out of the break, as they won the third quarter, 25-22, to close the gap to 79-72 entering the fourth quarter. Al Jefferson ignored the pain in his foot and contributed 10 points in the quarter. James lead the Heat with seven points in the quarter.
Charlotte continued to push during the fourth quarter, cutting a 91-77 Miami lead with 6:54 to go, down to 97-94 with 1:42 left in the quarter. After a hard foul from Josh McRoberts, James made one of two free throws to give the Heat a 98-94 lead. Kemba Walker responded with another three-point shot, to cut the lead to 98-97 with 11 seconds left. James sank two free throws to push the lead to 100-97. Dwyane Wade stole the ball from Chris Douglas-Roberts with one second left to ice the game for Miami.
For the Heat, James led the way with a game-high 32 points, to go along with six rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. Bosh finished with 20 points and five rebounds. Wade added 15 points and six rebounds.
For the Bobcats, Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jefferson scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Walker added 16 points and eight assists.
The Heat will enjoy two days off before Game 3 will take place Saturday in Charlotte. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.