Miami Heat 109, Charlotte Bobcats 98— Miami wins series, 4-0
The only quarter Miami won was the third, but it was enough to secure a double-digit victory and the first round's only sweep.
LeBron was dominant in that frame, scoring nine of his 31 points and dishing out six of his nine assists. He played all 12 minutes, as Miami outscored Charlotte 32-17.
The other two members of the Big Three were solid for the Heat as well, as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to score 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting.
According to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, Wade said, "I felt good, man. I like the progression I made in this series," following the game.
If he remains sharp and healthy, the Heat could basically get through the Eastern Conference on cruise control.
For the Bobcats, they were competitive without their leading scorer, thanks in large part do a huge game from Kemba Walker.
With Al Jefferson sitting because of plantar fasciitis, Walker went 11-of-15 from the field for 29 points. He also handed out five assists and grabbed five boards.
His passion and energy was enough to inspire his team to the extent that they kept the game close, but Charlotte simply lacked the talent and experience to ever truly threaten in the series.
Four other Bobcats hit double-figures, including Gary Neal with 16 off the bench.
- LeBron James, Heat: 31 PTS, 9 AST, 7 REB, 3 STL
- Chris Bosh, Heat: 17 PTS, 8 REB
Kemba Walker, Bobcats: 29 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL
- Josh McRoberts, Bobcats: 10 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
- Gary Neal, Bobcats: 16 PTS
The Heat now await the winner of the Brooklyn Nets-Toronto Raptors series. Facing either team would force the Heat to face a little history.
According to Skolnick, former Raptor Chris Bosh said, "I'm over it, though," when talking about being booed in Toronto. The other possibility would be Ray Allen facing former teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn.
As far as the basketball goes, Skolnick reported Wade saying, "I don't think any of us know what to expect from that series. Two different styles."
Meanwhile, the Bobcats are "goin' fishing," as Charles Barkley would say.
They'll look to build on the momentum of this turnaround season by getting better over the summer, and hoping for a full recovery by Jefferson.