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Winning matters for Heat, not style points

LeBron James says the Heat is taking nothing for granted in their playoff series against Charlotte.
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For all the nitpicking that was done on the Miami Heat following their Game 2 victory over Charlotte was finished -- the defending NBA champions weren’t able to put away the pesky Bobcats despite building a double-digit first-half lead, one fact remained: The Heat were one of only three teams that had won their first two playoff games.

Not even West favorites San Antonio and Oklahoma City managed to do that.

Now, with both Washington and Portland losing at home Friday night to Chicago and Houston, respectively, the Heat are the only remaining team with an opportunity to go 3-0 when they play the Bobcats in Charlotte tonight (7 p.m., ET, ESPN, Sun Sports).

Going up 3-0 is not how the Heat are thinking, however, as they go for their 19th consecutive victory over the Bobcats.

“We’re not going in for a sweep,” forward LeBron James said after practice Friday. “We’re going in to win Game 3, and then we’ll worry about it after that.”

The situation teams like Indiana, which beat out the Heat for the East’s No. 1 seed, and Oklahoma City are in doesn’t play into the Heat’s approach, James said. The Pacers are down 1-2 in their series with Atlanta and the Thunder, the No. 2 seed in the West, are in the same situation against Memphis. Both are in action tonight on the road.

“We can’t worry about what other teams are doing,” James said. “We control our own destiny. If we go on and get to our own game, we give ourselves a great chance to win against anyone.

“If we don’t, then we can lose to anyone.”

Game 4 for the Heat-Bobcats series will be Monday night in Charlotte.

Game 5, if necessary, will be back in Miami on Wednesday.