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Recap: Bobcats 88, Heat 99
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Date: April 20, 2014 3:30 PM EDT
  

MIAMI (AP) - Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark.

James Jones got his turn Sunday.

And the lift he brought, combined with the expected playoff showings from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, have the Heat off and running in these playoffs.

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James scored 27 points, Wade added 23 and the Heat rode two big runs - one late in the first half, the other down the stretch - to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami trailed for much of the first half, but rallied and has now topped Charlotte 17 straight times.

'We were flat to start,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'I think our guys were just anxious.'

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday. Al Jefferson will be getting plenty of treatment until then.

Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who started fast behind Jefferson - who was diagnosed with a strained left plantar fascia after a misstep in the first quarter, and got a pair of injections just to continue playing.

'We did some really good things today,' Walker said. 'We just have to keep executing throughout the game. We can't get rattled.'

Jefferson still finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds - yet in what can't be a real exciting sign for Charlotte, he left the arena in a walking boot.

'Just got to suck it up, man,' said Jefferson, who confessed that he's no fan of needles but insisted he doesn't plan on sitting out.

Gary Neal scored 17 and Josh McRoberts added 15 for Charlotte, which shot only 12 free throws compared to 26 by Miami, and allowed the Heat to turn their 15 turnovers into 20 points.

'If we're going to have 15 turnovers, we're not going to win,' Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said.

Miami sealed it with an 18-4 run in the fourth, all but three of those points coming with James getting a rest. Luke Ridnour made a high-arcing baseline jumper over Ray Allen with 10:29 left to get Charlotte within 74-69.

That's when James got a breather. He returned to breathing room.

Chris Andersen had a tip-in for a 12-point lead, Wade - who shot 10 for 16 - made a 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down with 6:50 left to make it 85-70, and another score by Andersen pushed the margin to 17.

With that, Game 1 was secure.

'That group that was in once I took that break at the 10-minute mark in the fourth quarter, they just bumped the lead,' James said. 'Obviously, to have three Hall of Famers in the game when I'm out of the game, CB, D-Wade and Ray ... that was big-time.'

So was Jones.

He didn't play in the first half of any playoff game last season and was out of the rotation much of this year. But when he checked in with 4:19 left in the half Sunday, Miami led 35-34.

'Hell of a spark,' Wade said.

Before long, it was 47-36, Jones scoring four of those late as Miami was wrapping up a 19-2 run. He added five more in the third, and his 3-pointer with 10:08 left kickstarted what became the game-deciding spurt down the stretch.

'When you're dressed, you're expected to perform,' Jones said.

Two years ago, it was Mike Miller giving a lift to the Heat in that off-the-bench role. Last year, it was Miller and Shane Battier sharing those honors. Miller is in Memphis now, Battier is out of the rotation, and that means a door may be opening for Jones.

'He's going to be a very, very key ingredient to our success,' James said.

Charlotte had four players making their first playoff starts. It was also the first national-television appearance this season for the Bobcats, who seemed anything but overwhelmed by the moment.

Walker made a 3-pointer to beat the first-half buzzer, drawing Charlotte within 49-42. That started an 11-0 run by the Bobcats, who scored the first eight of the third quarter to reclaim a one-point lead.

And the third stayed close, neither team leading by more than three for the majority of the third. But the Heat closed strong behind Jones and James, who made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left for a 72-65 Miami lead entering the fourth.

NOTES: With his final point, James passed Larry Bird for No. 8 on the league's all-time playoff scoring list. ... Miami is 61-8 over the last three seasons when making at least 10 3-pointers. ... Charlotte was returning home after the game, taking advantage of the long break before Game 2.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Bobcats at Heat
Sun, Apr 20 Final 88 to 99
 Recaps
GAME 2
Bobcats at Heat
Wed, Apr 23 Final 97 to 101
 Recaps
GAME 3
Heat at Bobcats
Sat, Apr 26 Final 98 to 85
 Recaps
GAME 4
Heat at Bobcats
Mon, Apr 28 Final 109 to 98
 Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHA  +500   +10   186 
 MIA  -700   -10   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHA  +525   +10   186 
 MIA  -725   -10   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 CHA  34%   43%   52% 
 MIA  66%   57%   48% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 107 Over: 231 
 MIA 124 Cover: 5.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Jan 18, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 104 Cover: 1.5 
 CHA 96 Over: 200 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Dec 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 98 Cover: 10.5 
 MIA 99 Over: 197 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 97 Cover: 7.5 
 CHA 81 Under: 178 
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 Oct 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 75 Under: 161 
 MIA 86 Cover: 3 
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 NBA RECAPS
 Sunday, Apr 20
 
    Mavericks at Spurs
1:05 PM EDT
    Bobcats at Heat
3:30 PM EDT
    Wizards at Bulls
7:05 PM EDT
    Trail Blazers at Rockets
9:45 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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