They were outscored 50-39 in the second half. Dwyane Wade missed nine of his 13 shots. And they won, barely.
With a late 13-4 surge at the end of regulation, the Heat held off the Charlotte Bobcats to win 95-87 at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night. The Heat lost a 21-point first half lead and was down by as much as two points down the stretch, but hit timely shots, including a three-pointer by James Jones with 19.1 seconds left to ice the game.
Despite a 19-point halftime lead, the Bobcats went on second half runs of 16-2 and 17-6 to eventually take an 82-80 lead with five minutes to go. However, 32 points from LeBron James and another “Bosh-like” performance from Chris Bosh proved to be the difference.
After a 35-point outburst against Phoenix on Wednesday, Bosh continued his hot streak with 22 points and 14 rebounds, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Despite saying he wanted to “chill” in a post game interview on Wednesday, Bosh made some key baskets.
Wade on the other hand, started 3-for-3, but finished a dismal 1-for-12 to close the game. Poor outside shooting in the second half also erased the deficit, as the Heat shot 5-for-17 from downtown.
It was an ugly win, but a win nonetheless.
The Heat play the 4-9 Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, as small forward Rudy Gay has put up some career numbers so far this season. Look for Wade to bounce back, as a one point second half is not in his repertoire.
Game Notes: Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace was ejected with 1:04 left in the fourth after he picked up his sixth personal foul followed by a second technical…The Heat are last in the league in points in the paint…Lebron James is only the third player in NBA history that is over 6 ft 8 to average more than eight assists a game, the other two players are Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain…