Bosh's heroics lift Miami past Charlotte, 99-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm •  Published: December 1, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh watched his first 3-pointer bounce once, twice, three times, four times before finally dropping into the net.

His next try, from almost the same spot, swished.

And the third one essentially saved the Miami Heat.

A threesome of 3-pointers — he had never made that many in an NBA quarter, say nothing of his 79-second span Sunday night — highlighted a run where Bosh scored 13 straight Miami points, and the Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-98 to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

The Heat led for the final 1:20, the time remaining when Bosh's third 3 put Miami up 93-91. Charlotte had held the lead for the previous 23:21.

"It kind of just happened," Bosh said. "I was wide open so I figured I would take a step back and in the words of our late teammate Mike Miller, 'let it fly.' That was really it."

LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points, Bosh finished with 22, Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, which has beaten the Bobcats 14 straight times.

Kemba Walker scored 27 points for the Bobcats. Gerald Henderson scored 17, and Al Jefferson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.

"It's disappointing because I felt we had them. We outplayed them," Henderson said. "They just came up with the plays at the end of the game that championship teams tend to do."

The Bobcats outscored Miami 25-14 in the third quarter and led by 14 points with 9:14 left.

And then Miami scored 34 points in the final 8:20, which works out to a 196-point pace over a full regulation game. The Heat made 11 of their final 13 shots, with Bosh's 3s leading the way — Wade getting the assist on all three of them.

"It started with us," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. "Instead of playing possession by possession, we made mistakes. They started going to the basket and we couldn't get them under control."

James was highly effective again, scoring his 26 on only 13 shots and while dealing a balky back that has bothered him all season and flared up Friday in Toronto. James got treatment Saturday, received more Sunday until the start of pregame warmups, and played 38 minutes.

"I don't think we did anything bad in the game," James said. "We defended. They hit some tough shots. We didn't turn the ball over, I think we had only 14 turnovers, they didn't have a bunch of offensive rebounds, they didn't have many fast-break points. Just one of those games where you've got to gut it out. And we'll take it."



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