The Heat completed the four-game sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats, winning Game 4 109-98.
The game got off to a rapid start, as the Bobcats took a 27-26 lead after the first quarter. Kemba Walker put up 10 points in the quarter for Charlotte, while LeBron James set the tone for Miami with seven points.
The second quarter had the same score (27-26), as the Bobcats took a 54-52 lead into halftime. Chris Douglas-Roberts poured in nine points for the Bobcats. Chris Bosh scored five points in the period for the Heat.
The third quarter is where the Heat not only asserted themselves as the dominant team, but James asserted himself as the best player on the floor. The Heat won the quarter 32-17, and James was a big reason why. He scored nine points and dished six assists in the quarter, most of which occurred after he took a knee to the thigh on a drive to the basket. Walker added 10 points himself for the Bobcats.
The Heat sustained their lead in the fpurth quarter, winning the period 25-17. James closed the game out with 11 points in the quarter, while Walker again led the way in the quarter for Charlotte with seven points.
In all, James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists. Chris Bosh scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, despite foul trouble.
For Charlotte, Walker finished with 29 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Gary Neal scored 16 points off the bench. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 14 points, also off the bench.
This was a great warm-up series for the Heat. The team was able to find a great flow offensively, and got back to the blitzing defense that we’ve come to know them for. They were able to force 74 turnovers, and that did a great help to opening up the offense.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES: LeBron James (like there was another answer). In the four games, he averaged 30 PPG, 8 RPG, 6 APG, and 2.25 SPG.
The Heat have a few days before they find out who their opponent will be.