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Heat sweeps Bobcats

Heat All-Star LeBron James rises above the Bobcats defense for the dunk on his way to 31 points. The Heat swept Charlotte in four games and must wait to play the Nets-Raptors series winner.

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Heat All-Star LeBron James rises above the Bobcats defense for the dunk on his way to 31 points. The Heat swept Charlotte in four games and must wait to play the Nets-Raptors series winner.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James heard the cheers from the crowd as he lay on the court holding his right thigh and writhing in pain.

It only seemed to awaken the four-time league MVP.

James scored 19 of his game-high 31 points after sustaining a thigh bruise early in the third quarter, helping the Heat earn a first-round sweep of the Bobcats with a 109-98 victory Monday night. He finished Game 4 10 of 19 from the field and had nine assists.

"It's definitely sore," James said. "I'm fortunate we were able to close out tonight and I can give it a little rest."

He should have plenty of time.

The two-time defending league champions will await the winner of Nets-Raptors series, which is tied 2-2. If that series goes the distance it won't wrap up until Sunday.

James said playing Charlotte was a good first test and Miami is headed in the right direction as it looks to win its third straight championship.

"We got tested by a young, scrappy Bobcats team," said James, who averaged 36.2 points in eight games against Charlotte this season. "We responded with a championship-type attitude."

Chris Bosh added 17 and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami extended its win streak over Charlotte to 20 games.

"We improved every game and that's the most important thing about this series," James said.

Miami began to take control midway through the third quarter shortly after James gave his teammates a scare when he drove to the basket from the left wing and his right thigh collided with Bismack Biyombo's knee, sending James to the floor.

James eventually got up and hobbled to the bench where sat down during a timeout. But he stayed in the game.

After the timeout he buried a 3-pointer and a long jumper before a one-handed dunk to help give Miami a 73-66 lead with 4:51 left in the third quarter. Miami pushed the lead to 13 when Norris Cole knocked down a 3-point buzzer beater at the end of the quarter. Charlotte never got closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats played without Al Jefferson who has been bothered by a foot injury since the first quarter of Game 1.

In the end, turnovers again spelled doom for the Bobcats.

They turned it over 16 times, leading to 22 Heat points, including two dunks by James.

Heat 109, Bobcats 98

MIAMI (109): James 10-19 10-12 31, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, Bosh 7-12 2-3 17, Chalmers 4-9 1-1 10, Wade 5-11 5-8 15, Cole 4-6 3-3 13, Lewis 2-4 0-0 4, Andersen 3-4 1-2 7, Allen 1-5 0-0 3, Jones 3-7 0-0 9. Totals 39-78 22-29 109.

CHARLOTTE (98): Kidd-Gilchrist 2-4 0-0 4, McRoberts 3-8 3-4 10, Biyombo 3-5 1-4 7, Walker 11-15 3-5 29, Henderson 4-11 4-5 12, Zeller 0-1 1-2 1, Neal 8-19 0-1 16, Tolliver 0-1 3-3 3, Douglas-Roberts 3-3 6-6 14, Ridnour 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-69 21-30 98.

Miami 26 26 32 25— 109

Charlotte 27 27 17 27— 98

3-Point GoalsMiami 9-24 (Jones 3-6, Cole 2-3, Bosh 1-2, Chalmers 1-3, Allen 1-4, James 1-5, Lewis 0-1), Charlotte 7-25 (Walker 4-7, Douglas-Roberts 2-2, McRoberts 1-5, Tolliver 0-1, Kidd-Gilchrist 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Ridnour 0-1, Neal 0-7). ReboundsMiami 42 (Bosh 8), Charlotte 47 (McRoberts 10). AssistsMiami 25 (James 9), Charlotte 22 (McRoberts, Walker 5). Total FoulsMiami 21, Charlotte 24. A19,092 (19,077).

Hawks outlast Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Scott made five 3-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run and the Hawks beat the host Pacers 107-97 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The eighth-seeded Hawks can clinch the first-round series over the top-seeded Pacers at home Thursday. The Pacers don't have consecutive wins with their regulars since mid-March.

Scott scored all 17 of his points during a 12-minute stretch when Atlanta went 13 of 16 from the field and outscored Indiana 41-19 to take a 61-40 halftime lead. The Hawks and the 1970 Bucks are the only road teams in the shot-clock era to score at least 40 points and allow fewer than 20 in any quarter of a playoff game. Atlanta set a postseason record by making 15 3-pointers.

Shelvin Mack led the Hawks with 20. Paul George had 26 for Indiana.

Hawks 107, Pacers 97

ATLANTA (107): Carroll 6-9 1-1 15, Millsap 5-11 8-12 18, Antic 0-3 1-2 1, Teague 3-8 5-5 12, Korver 5-10 1-1 16, Brand 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 3-7 2-2 8, Mack 5-9 8-10 20, Scott 6-9 0-0 17. Totals 33-66 26-33 107.

INDIANA (97): George 9-16 4-4 26, West 6-13 4-8 16, Hibbert 0-2 0-0 0, G.Hill 6-12 1-2 16, Stephenson 6-14 2-4 16, Mahinmi 0-1 0-0 0, Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 6-10 0-0 15, Scola 1-2 0-0 2, Copeland 2-7 0-0 6. Totals 36-78 11-18 97.

Atlanta 20 41 26 20— 107

Indiana 21 19 27 30— 97

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 15-27 (Scott 5-6, Korver 5-10, Carroll 2-2, Mack 2-4, Teague 1-3, Williams 0-1, Antic 0-1), Indiana 14-30 (George 4-7, Watson 3-4, G.Hill 3-7, Stephenson 2-5, Copeland 2-6, Turner 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 46 (Korver 9), Indiana 43 (George 12). AssistsAtlanta 19 (Mack 5), Indiana 24 (West 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 19, Indiana 24. TechnicalsStephenson, Indiana Coach Vogel. A18,165 (18,165).

LATE SUNDAY: LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the host Trail Blazers beat the Rockets 123-120 in overtime to take a 3-1 advantage in their first-round playoff series. It was the third overtime game of the series. In overtime, Houston's Troy Daniels was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three shots to narrow it to 121-120 with 8.9 seconds left. After a Portland timeout, Mo Williams made free throws for the final margin. The last team to rebound from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series was the Suns beating the Lakers in 2006.

Playoffs

EAST

HAWKS 3, PACERS 2

Game 1: Hawks 101, Pacers 93

Game 2: Pacers 101, Hawks 85

Game 3: Hawks 98, Pacers 85

Game 4: Pacers 91, Hawks 88

Monday: Hawks 107, Pacers 97

Thursday: at Atlanta, 7, NBA

Saturday: at Indiana, TBD, TNT*

Heat 4, Bobcats 0

Game 1: Heat 99, Bobcats 88

Game 2: Heat 101, Bobcats 97

Game 3: Heat 98, Bobcats 85

Monday: Heat 109, Bobcats 98

Raptors 2, NETS 2

Game 1: Nets 94, Raptors 87

Game 2: Raptors 100, Nets 95

Game 3: Nets 102, Raptors 98

Game 4: Raptors 87, Nets 79

Wednesday: at Toronto, 8, NBA

Friday: at Brooklyn, TBD

Sunday: at Toronto, TBD*

Wizards 3, Bulls 1

Game 1: Wizards 102, Bulls 93

Game 2: Wizards 101, Bulls 99 OT

Game 3: Bulls 100, Wizards 97

Game 4: Wizards 98, Bulls 89

Tonight: at Chicago, 8, TNT

Thursday: at Washington, TBD*

Saturday: at Chicago, TBD, TNT*

WEST

Mavericks 2, Spurs 2

Game 1: Spurs 90, Mavs 85

Game 2: Mavs 113, Spurs 92

Game 3: Mavs 109, Spurs 108

Monday: Spurs 93, Mavs 89

Wed.: at San Antonio, 7, TNT

Friday: at Dallas, TBD

Sunday: at San Antonio, TBD*

Thunder 2, Grizzlies 2

Game 1: Thunder 100, Grizzlies 86

Gm. 2: Grizzlies 111, Thunder 105 OT

Gm. 3: Grizzlies 98, Thunder 95 OT

Gm. 4: Thunder 92, Grizzlies 89 OT

Tonight: at Oklahoma City, 9, NBA

Thursday: at Memphis, TBD

Saturday: at Okla. City, TBD, TNT*

CLIPPERS 2, wARRIORS 2

Game 1: Warriors 109, Clippers 105

Game 2: Clippers 138, Warriors 98

Game 3: Clippers 98, Warriors 96

Game 4: Warriors 118, Clippers 97

Tonight: at Los Angeles, 10:30, TNT

Thurs.: at Golden State, 10:30, TNT

Sat.: at Los Angeles, TBD, TNT*

Trail Blazers 3, Rockets 1

Gm. 1: Blazers 122, Rockets 120 OT

Game 2: Blazers 112, Rockets 105

Gm. 3: Rockets 121, Blazers 116 OT

Gm. 4: Blazers 123, Rockets 120 OT

Wed.: at Houston, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Portland, TBD*

Sunday: at Houston, TBD*

* If necessary

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