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Heat 104, Bobcats 96 (OT)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Forward LeBron James had 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Miami Heat, missing guard Dwyane Wade, pulled out a 104-96 overtime win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

The Heat scored the first four points of overtime and never trailed in the extra session, outscoring the Bobcats 14-6 after the teams were tied at 90 at the end of regulation.

The Heat raised their record to 29-11 and won for the second straight night after losing three in a row earlier on this six-game road trip.

James had six points in overtime. He finished 13 of 25 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

The Heat also got 25 points and seven rebounds from center Chris Bosh and 12 points and nine rebounds from guard Ray Allen, who started in place of Wade.

Wade missed his 10th game of the season, as he sits out from time to time on the second night of a back-to-back in order to rest a chronic knee condition. He played 25 minutes in a win at Philadelphia on Friday night.

Center Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The Bobcats also got 16 points from guard Ramon Sessions, 11 each from guard Gerald Henderson and forward Anthony Tolliver and 10 from forward Josh McRoberts.

The Bobcats lost guard Kemba Walker with 7:55 left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Walker landed on Bosh's foot as he sped downcourt on a fast break, then fell awkwardly. He was carried off the floor by teammates. Walker, the Bobcats' leading scorer at 19.0 points-per-game entering the game, was 1 of 7 from the field for six points.

The Bobcats (17-25) led 29-27 after one quarter and 60-53 at halftime, at which point both teams were shooting better than 60 percent from the field. Miami was at 60.6 percent on 20 of 33, Charlotte 60.5 percent on 23 of 38.

Charlotte led 76-75 after three quarters.

Neither team scored in the last 3:19 of regulation, after Jefferson's layup made it 90-90. The Heat didn't score on their last five possessions, as James missed a 20-footer at the buzzer that could have won it. Charlotte had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds left, but Sessions air-balled a mid-range jumper.

NOTES: This was the third meeting between the teams this season. The Heat won 97-87 in Charlotte on Nov. 16 and 99-98 in Miami on Dec. 1. ... The Bobcats were playing their fourth game in five nights and were coming off a 111-101 win at Orlando on Friday night. ... The Heat were playing their fifth game on a six-game road trip and were coming off a 101-86 win at Philadelphia on Friday. ... Heat F LeBron James came into the game third in the NBA in scoring at 25.8. He is also fourth in the league in field-goal percentage at .586. ... Coming into the game the Heat won 22 of their previous 23 games against Southeast Division rivals. ... The Bobcats began selling Charlotte Hornets merchandise in their team store on Saturday. ... The Bobcats lost F Jeffery Taylor (ruptured right Achilles) for the rest of the season and have been without C Brendan Haywood (stress fracture, left foot) all season. ... Besides resting G Dwyane Wade, the Heat were also missing C Greg Oden (knee) and C Chris Andersen (knee). ... Heat G Toney Douglas, acquired from Golden State on Wednesday, will not join the team until it returns to Miami. ... The Bobcats will remain home to face Toronto on Monday afternoon. ... The Heat will close out this 12-day road trip at Atlanta on Monday.

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