Heat beat Bobcats 98-92 in preseason game

Associated Press Modified: October 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm •  Published: October 23, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With Dwyane Wade out, Chris Bosh turned in the aggressive performance Miami coach Erik Spoelstra wanted to see.

Bosh scored 21 points to help the Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 98-92 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

LeBron James added 10 points and eight assists for the Heat (4-2), who gave Wade the night off. Ray Allen added 15 points off the bench for Miami, which shot 51.5 percent and hit 11 3-pointers.

Bosh went 8 for 12 from the field with seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 25 minutes.

"It doesn't matter what position you're playing. It's playing big, playing athletic and playing long at your position, and he did that tonight," Spoelstra said. "He was a presence. He was aggressive to the rim. He was really our only threat consistently in the paint and at the rim, and he'll have to continue to provide that for us."

Bosh was coming off a six-point performance in Saturday's victory over San Antonio.

"It was just a good day," Bosh said. "I feel any time I'm aggressive, I can just be effective in some kind of way."

Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker each scored 24 points for the Bobcats (1-5), who shot just 36.8 percent. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall draft pick, had four points on 2-for-8 shooting.

It was the Bobcats' first game in PNC Arena, about 2½ hours northeast of Charlotte and home to North Carolina State of the Atlantic Coast Conference as well as the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. The Bobcats also played New Orleans in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 11 in an effort to expand their fan reach within the Carolinas.

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