James, Heat hand Bobcats 16th straight loss 105-92

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James grew up watching wrestling.

So when Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair walked into the arena on Wednesday night, one of the NBA's best entertainers knew it was time to put on his own show.

James did just that.

The reigning MVP had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Heat handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th straight loss, 105-92 on Wednesday night.

Dwyane Wade added 29 points and nine rebounds, and Mario Chalmers had 17 points as the Heat opened a four-game trip with a win.

"When I was a kid, I loved wrestling," James said. "He was one of the guys I loved, too. I think he's one of the creators of what we call swag these days with the Rolexes and the stretch limos and all the girls and all that stuff. He's one of the creators of swag."

James showed some swag of his own early with four dunks in the first five minutes to get the Heat off to a quick start en route to their sixth straight win.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game his team respected the Bobcats. However, Spoelstra hinted he was a little worried about the energy Miami expended in a win over Oklahoma city and whether they would be able to get up for the struggling Bobcats.

Spoelstra talked to his players before the game, and his words seemed to work.

Miami quickly opened a 9-0 lead behind a 3-pointer by Chalmers and three straight dunks — two by James and another by Chris Bosh, who had 14 points. James was the catalyst in the first quarter with 11 points — eight on fast-break dunks — with four steals and four rebounds.

"I thought we came in with the right mindset and disposition," Spoelstra said. "We were a little more inconsistent in the second half, but we found a way. That Charlotte team continues to claw and scratch and plays hard regardless of the tough road they've had. They just keep on coming at you."

It looked as though Miami was on its way to a blowout win. That wasn't the case.

While the Heat never trailed and led by as many as 19, they couldn't deliver the knockout punch to the Bobcats, who were playing without starting center Byron Mullens, guard Ben Gordon, and forward Tyrus Thomas due to injuries.

Down by 17 at halftime, the Bobcats whittled the lead down to 84-82 with 7:16 left when Gerald Henderson completed a three-point play.



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