Heat narrowly avoid blowing winning-streak in win over Bobcats

12/26/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoestra wanted his players to remain focused and play with “a different kind of motivation” while having “respect” for their opponents as they faced the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena. For the better part of the first task, the Miami seemed committed to the task at hand, rolling on a 13-2 run, but gradually lost focus that almost resulted in extinguishing their winning-streak.
The Miami Heat scored the first 9 points of the game, later pushing to a 19-point first half lead when they stood at 55-38 by half-time. However, the Charlotte Bobcats made a late third quarter comeback so that they were trailing 78-71, and a 3-pointer by Gerald Henderson with 7:16 remaining closed the lead to two points (at 84-82). It also landed Miami Heat center Chris Bosh In foul trouble for the fifth-time in the game.
But that’s when LeBron James started to make his return in the game. Building on a 87-82 lead for the Miami Heat with a with a 3-pointer that set him over 20 points, LeBron James extended his streak to 26 straight games.
Still, the Charlotte Bobcats played a close matchup, with guard Kemba Walker scoring a 3-pointer to draw them in 88-85. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade responded by scoring a couple of baskets that again put them at a significant 92-85 lead. Forward Shane Battier built on that cause, coming in with a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 95-85, and put the Miami Heat in a safe zone for the rest of the game.
However, earlier the Miami Heat had looked on the verge of another humiliating defeat after unexpectedly losing to the Washington Wizards on 15th December.
Instead, they were able to maintain their current winning-streak (to six straight games) by handing the Charlotte Bobcats their 16th consecutive loss this season.
The Miami heat were missing Ray Allen after he suffered a bruised shoulder in Tuesday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunders, but they initially didn’t seem to be his perimeter presence as James Jones took in rare early minutes at the spot.
 But Kemba Walker as well as guard Ramon Sessions struck back with 27 and 19 points respectively to keep the Charlotte Bobcats within the game.
The Miami Heat got into some offensive trouble when LeBron James lost his spark in mid-game after starting off hot. But LeBron James contributed his share to the board with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists by the end of the game.
Dwyane Wade had 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Chris Bosh put up 14 points while Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers posted 17 points in the game.
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