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Recap: Heat 97, Bobcats 81
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Date: November 16, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA he's still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does.

'You know, he'd be fun to watch if you weren't coaching the other team,' Clifford said.

James scored 30 points to help Miami beat Charlotte 97-81 Saturday night for the Heat's 13th straight victory against the Bobcats.

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With Mario Chalmers suspended, Chris Bosh limited due to foul trouble, Ray Allen out with the flu and Dwyane Wade a non-factor, James came up big for the Heat. The four-time MVP was 13 of 18 from the field and had seven assists in his eighth 20-point game this season.

'More than anything, it was his energy,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of James. 'When you see him attacking off the glass and pushing coast to coast, you know he feels good with his body and you know it sets a great tone for our team. He's playing with great energy on both ends of the court.'

Miami (7-3) relied on its bench to close the game out.

Of Miami's 29 points in the fourth quarter, 23 came from reserves Michael Beasley, Chris Anderson, Rashard Lewis and Roger Mason Jr.

Beasley finished with 15 points and Anderson had 10 for the Heat, winners of six of their last seven overall.

Bosh said it was an odd feeling having so many starters out of the game in the fourth quarter with the outcome still in doubt.

'I don't know when the last time that has happened,' Bosh said. 'But (the reserves) kept the lead at a nice distance. We were rooting for them and encouraging them because we need everybody - one through 15 - to not only raise their play but sustain it.'

James said he had intentions of returning to the game late in the fourth quarter but didn't need to after the Heat's reserves began to pull away with the lead.

'Once they got going I just said let them keep going,' James said. 'They had a great rhythm.'

Kemba Walker had 22 points to lead the Bobcats, who shot 35 percent from the field. Jeffery Taylor scored 14 points and has now finished in double digits in six of the last seven games.

The Bobcats (5-5) had won two straight coming in, and stayed within 10 points for a good portion of the fourth quarter but could never grab the lead.

'We've got to keep on pushing,' Walker said. 'I think we've been playing some great basketball right now. It's still early in the season. All we have to do is keep looking forward and keep trying to get better.'

James had 20 points in the first half on 8-of-11 shooting and Miami led by as many as 16. Only one of James' first-half field goals came from outside of 10 feet as he did his damage driving and attacking the basket.

It's a good thing for Miami that James was on his game early because the other parts of the big three struggled. Wade only played 23 minutes after his knee tightened up, while Bosh had three fouls and no points in eight first-half minutes. Bosh would later pick up his fifth foul with 4:27 left in the third quarter and drew a technical foul after he'd taken a seat on the bench.

A few seconds later, Spoelstra began chirping at the officials and he was slapped with a technical, too.

But the Heat survived, in part because of their defense.

James said that's a good sign.

'At the end of the day if we don't defend we aren't going to be able to compete where we want to compete,' James said. 'It was nice to see us play with a lot of energy tonight.'

Chalmers was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected from the Heat's 110-104 victory over Dallas on Friday night. Chalmers was called for flagrant-2 foul with 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter after referees ruled he intentionally swung an elbow at Dirk Nowitzki's head as he tried to fight through screen. Before Saturday night's game Spoelstra said he 'disagreed' with the NBA's decision to suspend Chalmers.

'We don't have to agree with it,' Spoelstra said. 'What we can do is agree to disagree.'

NOTES: Clifford picked up his first technical foul as Bobcats coach in the second quarter. ... James excited the crowd when blocked Walker's breakaway layup into the fifth row behind the basket. ... Shane Battier drew his eighth charge of the season. ... Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson attended the game.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MIA  -400   -8.5   193 
 CHA  +320   +8.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MIA  -425   -8.5   193 
 CHA  +335   +8.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MIA  95%   83%   50% 
 CHA  5%   17%   50% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Oct 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 75 Under: 161 
 MIA 86 Cover: 3 
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 Apr 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 89 Cover: 6.5 
 CHA 79 Under: 168 
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 Mar 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 77 Under: 186 
 MIA 109 Cover: 15.5 
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 Feb 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHA 94 Cover: 9 
 MIA 99 Under: 193 
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 Dec 26, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 105 Cover: 4 
 CHA 92 Under: 197 
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 Oct 23, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 98 Over: 190 
 CHA 92 Cover: 2.5 
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 NBA RECAPS
 Saturday, Nov 16
 
    Mavericks at Magic
7:05 PM EDT
    Cavaliers at Wizards
7:05 PM EDT
    Heat at Bobcats
7:05 PM EDT
    Hawks at Knicks
7:35 PM EDT
    76ers at Pelicans
8:05 PM EDT
    Pacers at Bulls
8:05 PM EDT
    Nuggets at Rockets
8:05 PM EDT
    Celtics at Timberwolves
8:05 PM EDT
    Thunder at Bucks
8:35 PM EDT
    Jazz at Warriors
10:35 PM EDT
    Nets at Clippers
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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