Miami still too hot for Bobcats

Bobcats’ Jeffrey Taylor (left) takes a tumble as LeBron James prepares to take a shot.
Bobcats’ Jeffrey Taylor (left) takes a tumble as LeBron James prepares to take a shot.

MIAMI – LeBron James enjoyed a career-best shooting night to help the Miami Heat keep up their dominance at home last night.

James scored 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting to lead Miami past Charlotte 99-94, giving the Heat their 10th consecutive victory against the Bobcats.

According to STATS, James’ effort tied for the league’s third-best shooting performance with at least that many attempts in the last 18 years. Shaquille O’Neal was 15 for 16 for the Heat against Seattle on February 25, 2006, and Dwight Howard was 14 for 15 for Orlando against Philadelphia on April 14, 2007.

“I didn’t plan it that way, I was just attacking when I could, got into the paint and was able to make some shots,” said James, who made nine shots from 2 feet or closer.

Chris Bosh added 23 points and Dwyane Wade had 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for Miami, which has won nine of its last 10 at home. The Heat improved to 19-3 on their home floor.

“I got a lot of my own misses, too. I was missing a lot of chippies, but I was just trying to be aggressive,” said Wade, who tied his career-high with six offensive boards.

“When your shots aren’t falling you have to find some way to affect the basketball game and give your team a chance to win.”

Ramon Sessions scored 18 points for Charlotte, which lost its fourth in a row and 12th in the last 14. Ben Gordon had 16 points as six Bobcats players scored in double digits.

Neither team shot well on 3-pointers as Miami was 1 for 12 and Charlotte 8 of 25.

Other scores last night were: Magic 61, 76ers 78; Clippers 90, Wizards 98; Bulls 101, Pacers 111; Pistons 85, Knicks 99; Mavericks 91, Thunder 112; Trail Blazers 100, Timberwolves 98; Kings 91, Jazz 98.

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