A tremendous fourth quarter surge gave Miami a 99-98 victory over the Bobcats at American Airlines Arena and extended their winning streak to 10 games. "We earned this victory tonight", James said after the game "they hit a lot of jump shots early that were contested but we kept fighting and gutted this one out".
They certainly showed some guts after trailing the Bobcats by 14 points with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and then carving into that lead like leftover turkey. Forward Chris Bosh did most of the damage hitting three straight three-point baskets in the final stanza.
"He (Bosh) was on fire and after that first one went down for him, he just used that momentum to help carry us home," James said "It was huge for us".
The Bobcats took a 48-47 lead into the locker room at halftime and came out firing in the the third quarter while locking up the Heat defensively. Charlotte held Miami to 14 points in the period while putting up 25 themselves.
During that fourth quarter run in which the Heat outscored the Bobcats 38-25, Charlotte just could not find a way to stop the bleeding and once they gave up the lead they were never able to regain it.
The Bobcats were led by Kemba Walker and his team-high 27 points on 45 percent (10-for-22) shooting. He dished out six assists and added two steals in 42 minutes. Charlotte also got a second consecutive double-double from Al Jefferson who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
LeBron James led the way for Miami with 26 points on 61 percent (8-for-13) shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists in 38 minutes of action.
Charlotte will now move on to face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, December 3 and tip-off is at 8:30 ET.