The Miami Heat hung on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94 on Monday night behind the efficient play of LeBron James.
The game was close throughout, but James and Chris Bosh fueled the Heat during the fourth quarter to ensure the victory. Bosh scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to pace the Heat.
The play of the game came with just over a minute left to play with the Heat up 89-87. After Ray Allen missed a three and the Bobcats gained possession, Dwyane Wade knocked the ball away to James who found Bosh for an easy dunk.
The sloppy play of the Heat is certainly concerning going forward as well as the team's lack of killer instinct. They can't afford to let inferior teams hang around throughout the game and late into the fourth quarter.
With the victory, the Heat improved to 31-14 on the season. The lowly Bobcats fell to 11-36 on the season for the league's worst record.
Player of the Game: LeBron James, Miami Heat
James was extremely efficient on the night as he played a wonderfully well-rounded game. He finished the game with 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists. He did it all for the Heat, as he usually does, and picked up for the lackluster shooting from the rest of the Heat team.
While he did fill the stat sheet nicely, James also had five turnovers. It would be nice to see him eliminate some of those mistakes and take care of the ball a little bit better.
Bosh was also a candidate for the player of the game as he finished with 23 points, including 10 during the fourth quarter. When the Heat needed it most, Bosh stepped up and got the job done.
Up Next for Miami
The Heat welcome the Houston Rockets into American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night. The Heat play their next four games at home.
Up Next for Charlotte
The Bobcats travel to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to conclude their five-game road trip. The Bobcats will need a win to avoid going 0-5 on the trip.