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LeBron James scores 61 as Heat defeat Bobcats

LeBron James put up 61 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 124-107. The Heat had a strong shooting performance, finishing 46-83 (55.4%) from the field, including 16-28 (57.1%) from beyond the arc. This is the eighth win in a row for Miami (43-14). The streak began with a 103-97 victory over Phoenix on February 11th.

James finished 22-33 from the field (8-10 on 3-pointers) and 9-12 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Chris Bosh chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds for Miami as well. Al Jefferson had another quality performance for Charlotte in the loss, putting up 38 points on 18-24 shooting from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line. He also registered 19 rebounds.

Contrary to the yearly numbers, Miami dominated the offensive glass in this matchup, finishing with an OR% of 27.0%. They rank 30th in the NBA in OR% this at 20.1%. The defense of Charlotte, however, has been tough on the backboards this season, placing first in the league with a DR% of 77.3%. Along with their eFG% of 65.1%, the Heat connected at a rate of 57.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 14-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Bobcats are winless (0-6) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Charlotte (27-33) has now lost three straight games.

Coming up next, the Heat square off with the Houston Rockets, who are 40-19 on the year. The Bobcats go up against the Indiana Pacers, currently 46-13 this season. The Bobcats have fallen to Indiana the last two times they have met.

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